Trump Associate Roger Stone Found Guilty Of Witness Tampering, Lying To Congress

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November 15, 2019 - 11:51 am
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Jasen Vinlove, USA TODAY

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Stone, a longtime friend and ally of President Donald Trump, has been found guilty on all counts of lying to Congress and witness tampering.

The verdict came Friday, two hours after the jury began its second day of deliberations.

Stone was indicted in January as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election tampering.

Prosecutors alleged he lied to lawmakers about WikiLeaks, tampered with witnesses and obstructed a House intelligence committee probe.

His trial highlighted how Trump campaign associates were eager to gather information about emails hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton that were released by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Stone was regarded as an “access point” to WikiLeaks and frequently boasted of having insider access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Prosecutors say Stone lied to Congress about his conversations about WikiLeaks with New York radio host Randy Credico and conservative writer and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi. He's also accused of trying to intimidate Credico and threatening to take his dog.

Stone has denied the allegations. He decried the case as politically motivated.

The 67-year-old Stone faces up to 20 years in prison.

He will remain free pending his sentencing in February.

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