Roger Stone said he wouldn't be indicted during Vero Beach appearance

Ali Schmitz
Treasure Coast Newspapers
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During a Vero Beach event and an interview with TCPalm earlier this month, believed to be one of his final in-person interviews before his Friday arrest, longtime Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone maintained he wouldn't be indicted. 

At an Indian River County Republican Club meeting Jan. 3, Stone bashed special counsel Robert Mueller and investigators examining Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

In an indictment unsealed Friday, Stone was charged with obstruction and witness tampering. Prosecutors have accused Stone of seeking stolen emails from WikiLeaks at the direction of a "senior Trump campaign official." 

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Stone, a self-described "dirty trickster" best known for using opposition research to hurt political opponents campaigns, claimed he was under scrutiny because of an "insidious and relentless campaign of distortion" by Democrats. 

Political Strategist Roger Stone stands outside the hearing room prior to testimony by Google CEO Sundar Pichai during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Dec. 11, 2018.

"I'm highly confident I haven't done anything wrong in connection with the 2016 election or anything else, and I'm being targeted for one reason— I supported Donald Trump and I helped defeat Hillary Clinton," Stone told TCPalm. "There is no Russian collusion on my part, there is no WikiLeaks collaboration on my part,and there is no perjury on my part when I discussed these things with the House Intelligence Committee." 

Stone has said repeatedly that he's being "framed" by Mueller. During the Vero Beach event he sold stones with his signature on it to fund his legal defense costs. 

"I think that everyone understands that a runaway federal prosecutor can frame anybody they want, but I sleep well at night because I know I haven't broken any laws, and therefore, if they want to bring some bogus charge against me with the goal of trying to get me to testify against the President, that's not going to happen," Stone said. 

Stone had not made a public speech in several months prior to the meeting, and it appears he has not done a public speech since. Stone said he wasn't avoiding the public during this time.

"I think when people accuse you of wrongdoing in public that it's vitally important that you respond. When you're silent, people assume that you're guilty and you've done something wrong, and nobody knows better the actual track record than I do," Stone said. 

Stone is scheduled to appear in court in Fort Lauderdale Friday.

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