Roger Stone Arrives At Courthouse Amid Crowd Of Supporters, Protesters

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 29: Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, arrives at the Prettyman United States Courthouse before facing charges from Special Counsel Robert Mueller that he lied to Cong... WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 29: Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, arrives at the Prettyman United States Courthouse before facing charges from Special Counsel Robert Mueller that he lied to Congress and engaged in witness tampering January 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. A self-described 'political dirty-trickster,' Stone said he has been falsely accused and will plead 'not guilty.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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January 29, 2019 11:05 a.m.

Greeted by a swarm of cameras, supporters and protesters, Roger Stone arrived at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C. for his first court appearance in the capital city after he was indicted last week by a federal grand jury for allegedly lying about his interactions with Wikileaks and the Trump campaign.

Stone exited a black SUV and walked through a tunnel of cameras, protesters and supporters around 10:15 a.m. ET. Dressed in an atypically plain single-breasted dark suit, navy tie and pastel pocket square, Stone smiled and waved as he walked the few feet between the curb and the courthouse door. Stone was flanked by police officers who had arrived about 15 minutes before as a large crowd gathered to watch Stone’s entrance.

He was greeted by dueling chants of “Lock him up” and “Roger Stone did nothing wrong.” If Stone did say anything as he approached the courthouse, it was not audible over the crowd.

Even after Stone disappeared inside, the group of his supporters remained holding up signs and yelling, “Roger Stone did nothing wrong” on repeat.

Before Stone arrived, a crowd of about 70 people, mostly camera crews and journalists, gathered outside the main entrance to the courthouse. About 15 minutes before Stone arrived, a handful of supporters arrived carrying “Roger Stone Did Nothing Wrong” signs, and a few Stone protesters gathered as well, some with signs simply reading “Treason.”

When a few police officers arrived ahead of Stone’s entrance, they asked the crowd to make more space on the sidewalk. It was then that the handful of Stone supporters began butting heads with the camera crews. When members of the media who had been waiting outside the courthouse for a while to get their cameras in position asked Stone’s fan club to move out of their line of vision, Stone’s supporters pushed back and remained toward the front of the crowd.

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