Roger Stone guilty of witness tampering, lying to Congress

Roger Stone arrives at a DC courthouse on November 15

Enlarge Image Roger Stone arrives at a DC courthouse on November 15. Getty Images

Stone was found guilty Friday of witness tampering and lying to Congress about his pursuit of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Clinton's 2016 election bid. The conviction is the eighth guilty sentence or plea resulting from grand jury indictments spawned by the investigations into Russian election interference by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Prosecutors put forward emails and texts that they argued show Stone lied to the House Intelligence Committee about having Wikileaks-related communications that he didn't turn over to Congress.

The trial heard Stone had told five lies under oath, including about his conversations with Trump campaign officials and a supposed "intermediary" with WikiLeaks in early August 2016.

Even in his own trial, which lasted just a week, he did not take the stand, dismissing the case as politically motivated.

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

She set Stone's sentencing for February 6.

This got the president accused of "witness intimidation in real time" by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff. WikiLeaks dumped a series of damaging emails about Hillary Clinton that were stolen from the Democratic party by Russian hackers.

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Roger Stone is a longtime Trump ally who briefly worked for the future president's campaign operation in 2015.

Early in the trial, former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Michelle Taylor, who worked on Mueller's team, used a chart to identify 25 calls Stone had with Manafort, 28 with Gates, two with Bannon and two with Trump himself, including the call in the auto en route to the airport.

On Friday, they reached a verdict and convicted Stone of all charges, signaling that they didn't buy the "so what?" argument whatsoever.

Stone did not testify in his trial, but his defense team played a 50-minute clip of his House Intelligence Committee testimony for the jury before resting their case, claiming the prosecution did not prove its case. Assistant U.S. attorney Jonathan Kravis also made the point that Stone's alleged lies kept important evidence out of investigators' hands.

Stone lied to Congress to protect the president, prosecutors said. Nevertheless, prosecutors blamed Stone for lawmakers' failure to "pursue promising leads" and said it was Stone's falsehoods that caused them to come to the wrong conclusion in their final Russiagate report.

Messages between the two included references to Frank Pentangeli, the "Godfather" character who experiences a memory lapse when he appears before the US Senate to finger the mob.

Stone also threatened Credico's therapy dog, Bianca, saying he was "going to take that dog away from you", the trial heard.

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