Second Connecticut native indicted by Mueller

January 25, 2019

Born in Norwalk, Roger Stone Jr., a longtime informal adviser to President Donald Trump, was arrested by the FBI on Friday on charges of lying and witness tampering in connection with the release of Democrats’ hacked emails in 2016.

Stone is the second person with Connecticut ties to be indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

New Britain native Paul Manafort appeared in federal court Friday to face a judge weighing whether he breached his plea agreement by lying repeatedly to prosecutors in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, is the scion of a powerful Republican family. His father was mayor of New Britain from 1965 to 1971.

Stone and Manafort previously ran a Washington lobbying firm, Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly, in the 1980s and ’90s.

Stone lacked Manafort’s politically connected family, however. The son of a well-digger and a reporter, Stone became a Republican at age 11, he said, when his neighbor gave him a copy of the book “Conscience of a Conservative.”

Stone’s family moved to Lewisboro, N.Y., a town just west of Ridgefield, Conn., when he was a young boy.

The 66-year-old remembered Norwalk in the 1950s and 60s as a little “industrial city.”

“I was living in northern Westchester but right on the Connecticut border,” he told Glenn Thrush in 2016. “So, the nearest city to us was actually Norwalk, Connecticut, where I was born, an industrial — you know, a small industrial city.”

Staff writer Dan Freedman contributed to this report.

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