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Roger Stone indictment does not mean probe is closing in on Trump... yet

WASHINGTON - Hours after a pre-dawn FBI raid on his Florida home, with armed agents arriving silently and surrounding his house, then one banging on his front door, 66-year-old Roger Stone was in court on Friday (Jan 25) in handcuffs and shackles.

But minutes later he was out on bail. The man who has been called the "dark prince" of American politics - credited with engineering not only Mr Al Gore's defeat in the notorious 2000 Florida recount, but also the rise to power of President Donald Trump - left the court spreading his arms and flashing victory signs, proclaiming to waiting journalists his loyalty to Mr Trump.

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