WASHINGTON D.C.—Former Trump presidential campaign official Roger J. Stone was indicted by a federal grand jury this week and arrested during a pre-dawn FBI raid at his home in Florida. The charges relate to false and misleading statements Stone made to Congress and the FBI about his involvement in Wikileaks’ publication of emails that were stolen from the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign chairman John Podesta.
The key factual allegation against Stone is that in August 2016–while serving as an official on the Trump 2016 presidential campaign—he announced at Trump rallies and on Twitter that Wikileaks had Hillary Clinton’s e-mails.
ATTAYA—Thai authorities released imprisoned sex worker Natsya Rybka and deported her to Russia. When the 28 year old Belarusian was arrested in February 2018 for soliciting in Pattaya, she claimed she was Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s mistress and made an impassioned plea for asylum, on the basis that she was in possession of evidence that Deripaska had conspired with Trump’s election team to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
MANHATTAN—An indictment was unsealed today against Natalya Vesenlnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who gained noteriety last year amidst media speculation concerning what transpired during her infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner. At first glance, the indictment appears unrelated to the meeting but reveals a federal grand jury had charged Vesenlnitskaya with obstructing justice, namely falsifying evidence, in United States v. Prevezon Holdings, Ltd. a case filed in 2013 by then-U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who sought to recover real estate in Manhattan allegedly acquired by corrupt Russian officials in an elaborate scheme to defraud the Russian Treasury and taxpayers out of approximately 5.4 billion rubles (i.e. $230 million USD).