Published: Sat, November 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump ally Roger Stone convicted of lying to Congress

Trump ally Roger Stone convicted of lying to Congress

Stone's trial centred 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.

While Stone's lawyers claimed their client had no motive to lie in 2017 since Trump was already president, prosecutors said Stone knew it would harm Trump's political standing if it came out that an informal adviser to his campaign, who communicated frequently with Trump himself, had been in touch through a conduit with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whom intelligence officials have said received the hacked Democratic emails from Russian Federation.

In its final report, the Intelligence Committee concluded there was "no evidence" Stone had any advanced knowledge about WikiLeaks' releases of hacked Democratic emails.

Stone later intimidated radio host and comedian Randy Credico, whom Stone falsely identified as his Wikileaks source, into not testifying before the committee.

Stone thought the House committee, which questioned him for more than three hours and posed nearly 600 questions, was asking about Russian interference in the election, since that was the stated scope of its investigation, and not about WikiLeaks, his lawyers said.

Prosecutors say Credico was not actually talking to Stone about WikiLeaks during that time, and in fact Stone's true source was conservative author Jerome Corsi, whom Stone had previously dispatched in an email to "get to Assange!".

He is accused of lying to Congress about his attempts to communicate with the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, tampering with witnesses and obstructing a House Intelligence Committee investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to tip the 2016 election.

Several high-profile witnesses were called to testify, including former deputy Trump campaign manager Rick Gates and Steve Bannon, former Trump campaign chief executive and former White House senior counselor.

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Previously testimony unveiled that Stone, though showing prior to the Property Intelligence Committee, named Credico as his middleman to Assange and pressured Credico not to contradict him.

In his written answers to Mueller, Trump said he didn't recall his conversations with Stone, nor discussions about WikiLeaks and the Democratic hack.

In his September 26, 2017 testimony Stone told the committee his intermediary was a journalist and he did not wish to out his source without permission. That was "a whopper" of a lie, Kravis said, citing a vast number of messages between Stone and Credico.

He also allowed he sometimes overplayed his own WikiLeaks insights when communicating with Stone as part of a rivalry between the two, and occasionally lied to Stone about what he knew to get Stone off his back.

As he walked out of the courthouse, holding palms with his wife, Stone was asked if he experienced any comment on the verdict and replied: "none whatsoever" just before he hopped into a waiting around SUV.

Stone himself, however, chose not to take the stand.

Roger Stone exits federal court in Washington on Friday, November 15.

The 12-member jury, consisting of nine women and three men, represents a diverse cross-section of people, including an IRS civil tax attorney, an employee with AARP, and a former congressional candidate.

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