Roger Stone guilty of obstruction, witness tampering and lying to Congress

Roger Stone guilty of obstruction, witness tampering and lying to Congress

Roger Stone guilty of obstruction, witness tampering and lying to Congress

The conviction of Roger Stone Friday on seven felony counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering represents a capstone to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, establishing that one of President Trump's longtime political advisers did everything he could to hide the truth from congressional investigators.

He showed barely a flicker of emotion as he stood, his left hand in his pocket, as jurors returned their unanimous guilty verdicts at 11:44am on the second day of deliberations.

Stone was indicted in January for lying before the U.S. House Intelligence Committee about his dealings with WikiLeaks.

They related to his contacts with Wikileaks, whose publication of Russian-hacked emails from Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign gave a boost to Mr Trump.

President Trump tweeted in defense of his longtime political adviser Roger Stone, saying that his guilty verdict was thanks to a 'double standard'.

Paul Manafort, a former chairman of Trump's campaign, is now serving more than seven years in prison for conspiracy to defraud.

Prosecutors asked the judge to take Stone into custody immediately. The charges he has been convicted of carry as many as 20 years in prison, though he is expected to receive a more lenient sentence.

In the trial, witnesses highlighted how Mr Trump's campaign associates were eager to gather information about emails the USA says were hacked by Russian Federation and then provided to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Multiple former Trump advisers, including former White House strategist and campaign chief Steve Bannon and former deputy campaign manager Rick Gates, testified against Stone at the trial. Stone may have tried to obtain the emails WikiLeaks possessed from the Democratic National Committee, but there is no evidence that he was successful, and thus no evidence the Trump campaign had any inside contact with WikiLeaks at all - a major point of the collusion theory.

Roger Stone, a longtime friend and ally of President Donald Trump, has been found guilty at his trial in federal court in Washington.

And speaking of the Republican president, Trump responded to Stone's conviction in a decidedly Trumpian way. But Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected that request and said Stone will be subject to same conditions he faced following his arrest, including the gag order. Credico was recruited to serve as a kind of buffer between Stone and WikiLeads should these talks fall under scrutiny, they said.

Earlier testimony revealed that Stone, while appearing before the House Intelligence Committee, named Credico as his intermediary to Assange and pressured Credico not to contradict him.

He also lied about the existence of certain texts or emails.

Stone's lawyer Bruce Rogow said he did nothing deliberately illegal and attacked the government's case as weak and built on unreliable witnesses. "I'm going to take that dog away from you", he said in the email, which Credico read aloud in court.

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