Published: Fri, November 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump ally Stone found guilty of witness tampering, lying

Trump ally Stone found guilty of witness tampering, lying

Stone had no reason to lie because Mr. Trump was already president.

The jury of nine women and three men found Mr. Sentencing has been set for February 6.

His trial highlighted how Trump campaign associates were eager to gather information about emails the US says were hacked by Russian Federation and then provided to WikiLeaks.

Prosecutors summoned Steve Bannon, the chief executive of Trump's campaign, to tell jurors that he viewed Stone as the campaign's "access point" to WikiLeaks and its trove of stolen documents on Clinton that USA intelligence concluded were stolen by Russian Federation.

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

After the judge set Stone's sentencing date, prosecutor Jonathan Kravis asked the judge to detain Stone pending sentencing, saying that the night before Alex Jones from the conspiracy theory website Infowars claimed Stone had sent him a message. The charges against Stone, 67, stemmed from his September 2017 testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, which was also probing Russian meddling.

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Stone's trial centered on the former Trump adviser's boasts in 2016 that he knew about the WikiLeaks dirt on Clinton and her campaign chairman and when it would be made public. Those witnesses said they believed Stone had inside information about when WikiLeaks might release more damaging emails about Clinton. They alleged he violated his gag order and communicated with a member of the press last night. Judge Jackson denied the request, allowing Mr.

Prosecutors alleged Stone lied to Congress about his conversations about WikiLeaks with NY radio host and comedian Randy Credico - who scored an interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2016, when he was avoiding prosecution by sheltering in the Ecuadoran embassy in London - and conservative writer and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi.

The U.S. also pursued Stone's contacts with the campaign. He did not take the stand during the trial and his lawyers did not call any witnesses in his defence.

Stone, a close Trump ally who famously has the face of former president Richard Nixon tattooed on his back, was also accused of tampering with a witness, Credico, when Credico was summoned to testify before Congress and speak with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That contradicted what Stone had told the House panel, prosecutors said.

Stone lied to Congress to protect the president, prosecutors said. That included a claim that Stone used references from The Godfather II to pressure Credico to mislead the House Intelligence Committee during planned testimony.

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