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Jury Finds Roger Stone Guilty of Lying to Congress, Witness Tampering

Jury Finds Roger Stone Guilty of Lying to Congress, Witness Tampering

Stone never took the stand.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tZqVdeZ0bo

A jury has found Roger Stone guilty of lying to Congress and witness tampering:

The jury found Stone repeatedly misrepresented and concealed his 2016 attempt at collaborating with WikiLeaks and founder Julian Assange to obtain dirt on then-candidate Hillary Clinton and stolen emails when speaking with Trump-Russia investigators from the House Intelligence Committee in a spin-off case from special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year investigation.

The charges against Stone included one count he “corruptly influenced, obstructed, and impeded” the congressional investigation and another that he attempted to “corruptly persuade” [radio host Randy] Credico’s congressional testimony. Stone also faced five counts of making “materially false, fictions, and fraudulent statements” to Congress.

Officials accused Stone of witness tampering “based on communications between Stone and [author Jerome] Credico, where Stone allegedly told him to ‘do a Frank Pentangeli,’ a reference to ‘The Godfather Part II,’ where a mob adviser testifying before Congress was expected to reveal crimes committed by the Corleone family, only to then claim ignorance once he was under oath.”

More from The Washington Examiner:

The jury heard testimony from Rick Gates, former deputy Trump campaign manager and business partner of campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Tuesday, where Gates strongly suggested Stone told Trump about upcoming WikiLeaks releases. Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon testified that they saw Stone as the “access point” to WikiLeaks. Credico testified he was not Stone’s “intermediary” to WikiLeaks, one-time WikiLeaks lawyer Margaret Kunstler explained her role putting Credico in touch with Assange once to help set up a radio interview, and former FBI agent Michelle Taylor laid out a timeline of Stone’s communications.

Stone’s lawyer Bruce Rogow described his client “as a serial exaggerator” who just wanted “to inflate his standing in Mr. Trump’s inner circle.”

The defense claimed Stone could not have “lied about intermediaries between himself and WikiLeaks because there were no intermediaries” since Credico and Corsi “never actually communicated with WikiLeaks.”

Stone’s defense did not put any witnesses on the stand. They showed the jury an hour-long clip of Stone testifying before Congress.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson will announce Stone’s sentence on February 6. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

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Jackson will likely sentence him to the full 20. I have no special knowledge other than Jackson being more of a political hack than a Judge.

    iconotastic in reply to Edward. | November 15, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    She is an Obama judge.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to iconotastic. | November 15, 2019 at 6:07 pm

      Then we know the judge is illegal.

      This is a rigged jury too.

      This power mad Black Robed Mistress has put a gag order on Stone AND HIS ENTIRE FAMILY, prohibiting them from talking about the case until sentencing in FEBRUARY.

      The prosecution wanted this totally dangerous and violent criminal Stone imprisoned until his sentencing. I guess that was just a little too far for Jackson as she allowed him free pending sentencing. I’m sure the Mueller team told her the violence and damage he will do while free will be her fault.

    He did not get a fair trial.

    See ya on appeal.

So another Mueller target, having failed to build a case, gets convicted for process “crimes” the occurred during that investigation. The perjury trap again.

And BTW, there may have been 8 charges but it was really just one “crime”.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Pasadena Phil. | November 15, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    “Process” is how they hung Martha Stewart – you remember her?
    She was more dangerous than Adolph Hitler and Al Capone combined.

Trump should pardon him ASAP.

There’s something particularly smelly about convicting somebody of lying to Congress. Too bad we can’t apply the same standards to Congress for lying to us.

    Paul In Sweden in reply to txvet2. | November 15, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Exactly! I have been thinking that it would be entirely proper to stand in front of Congress and state: “As all of America has watched numerous members of congress lie through their teeth as they question witnesses; I will only take an oath to swear to tell the truth until each member of congress that will be question me, has taken that same oath!”

      Pretty sure that Congress Critters take an oath to uphold the Constitution, something like that… So, it would seem that an oath means diddly squat to them. Sad, despicable actually. Nice idea though..

BTW, wasn’t it this trial where the judge packed the jury?

we are no longer a nation of laws…

Didn’t look like he got the representation he deserved

Can this be appealed

Needs a pardon or Trump loses all support from subordinates. Who will risk decades in jail from obvious false charges?

Process crime bullshit.

A simple question: had Mr. Stone looked the investigators in the eye and had said, “yes, I asked Mr. Assange for documents, especially for any dirt he had on Hillary,” would he have been charged with a crime?

It certainly doesn’t seem like it.

The moral of the story is that federal investigators from ANY agency really, really, really don’t like being lied to. Try it and if they catch you they’ll do whatever it takes (including lying to the court themselves) to get you.

ScottTheEngineer | November 15, 2019 at 6:06 pm

Petty vindictive little children.

Lying to Congress should be, at most, a misdemeanor.

He should have just pulled a Schiff and said it was just parody.

Hillary clinton still crawls the streets.

Until she’s locked-up, we have no justice system in the US worth trusting.

To: Everybody calling for Trump to immediately pardon Stone

No.

Why? Stone is free pending sentencing. A pardon right now allows the Left to whine forever “He wasn’t going to get any jail time, so why, why, why??”

So after sentencing? It depends.

If he is free pending appeal, see above. Wait for it, because this railroad is wildly obvious, and if the appeal court punts this sucker over the stadium walls (as I hope), it is unneeded.

If the judge does not allow him to remain free pending appeal, THEN Trump needs to issue an immediate sentence commutation on the order of “I’m commuting his sentence to twice the number of years Hillary, Comey, Brennen, and Weissman served for lying to Congress, which is zero. What could be more fair than that?”

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