Roger Stone ain’t having a TGIF kinda day — FBI agents pounded on his door before sunrise and arrested President Trump‘s ex-campaign adviser.
Stone was arrested around 6 AM Friday at his house in Fort Lauderdale after being indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller. Armed agents in bulletproof vests surrounded Stone’s home and hauled him off … reportedly in his pajamas. His apartment in Manhattan was also raided.
Stone’s been charged with 7 counts — 5 counts of false statements, one count of witness tampering and one count of obstruction of an official proceeding.
As you know, Mueller’s team has been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, and Stone has previously acknowledged communicating with Guccifer 2.0 during the campaign, who intelligence officials believe was a Twitter account operated by Russia to hack Democratic emails.
Stone’s also been linked to WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, who he publicly praised after the hacked emails were released. Stone’s denied any contact with Russia or WikiLeaks since the election.
Stone’s arrest isn’t entirely a surprise — especially to him … he said in May he was prepared to be indicted, and claimed Mueller might do it in an effort to silence him.
If you’re keeping track, this makes 5 associates of the Prez who have been busted by Mueller … following Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos. His former lawyer, Michael Cohen, separately pled guilty to tax evasion and campaign finance violations.
Stone’s expected to be arraigned Friday in federal court in Ft. Lauderdale.
Terrible news out of Florida after a police dog was shot and killed by a suspect … and the K9 is being credited for saving the lives of officers.
The sad incident went down on Xmas Eve in Wellington, Florida … where Palm Beach County Sheriffs confronted several individuals cops say were wanted on attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery warrants.
According to local reports … one of the suspects ran and that’s when Cigo — a 3-year-old canine — gave chase. But the suspect shot Cigo before a deputy returned fire … hitting the suspect and severely injuring him. Cigo, however, would later be pronounced dead at an animal hospital.
Shortly after Cigo’s death, several tributes were posted in honor of the fallen officer. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office tweeted, “He gave his life to save others. He’s a good boy and he will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace #K9Cigo.”
The Sheriff’s Office also posted this heartbreaking video of Cigo’s handler devastated from the loss.
Kodak Black wasn’t kidding when he said he was getting more involved with charities … he’s done it again, this time bringing smiles with tons of Christmas gifts.
We’re told the rapper hit up Paradise Childcare in Broward County, Florida earlier this week and delivered a bunch of toys that’ll go to 150 kids. The non-profit group assists parents with childcare and other needs.
On top of the gifts … we’re told Kodak also dropped around $ 5k for the org’s Christmas party.
A rep for Paradise Childcare tells TMZ … they’re grateful for Kodak’s contribution, and the toys will be divided between 2 Paradise locations.
In addition to his gift-drop … we’re told Kodak took part in something called the “Gifts of Chai” with Rabbi Scheur Kaplan. Participants give or receive gifts in multiples of $ 18 … which is considered good luck. Kodak donated $ 180.
Rabbi Kaplan tells us, “It isn’t the amount of money that matters. Kodak sent the gift of Chai 10x which is amazing. This is very special and we are thankful.”
The rapper donated $ 10k to a similar organization earlier this year. Someone’s caught the holiday spirit.