President Trump weighed in on Roger Stone's Friday conviction, tweeting: "So they now convict Roger Stone of lying and want to jail him for many years to come. Well, what about Crooked Hillary, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Shifty Schiff, Ohr & Nellie, Steele & all of the others, including even Mueller himself? Didn’t they lie?...."
"....A double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country?"
....A double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019
Longtime GOP operative and Trump associate Roger Stone was found guilty on seven felony counts related to lying about upcoming WikiLeaks releases during the 2016 US election, along with obstruction and witness tampering.
After a trial that spanned just over a week, a federal court jury in Washington, D.C., convicted Stone on five felony counts of lying to investigators, one of obstructing a congressional probe and one of witness tampering.
The charges against Stone were brought by Robert Mueller and handed off to career federal prosecutors in Washington after the special counsel’s Russia probe ended this spring. -Politico
Stone was accused of lying about his contacts with Wikileaks "intermediary" Randy Credico and lying about his contacts with senior campaign officials and Wikileaks about the release of stolen emails harmful to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.
- Count One alleges that Stone obstructed the House committee's investigation by denying he had emails and other documents about WikiLeaks-related contacts. During his House testimony, Stone was asked if he had "emails to anyone concerning the allegations of hacked documents ... or any discussions you have had with third parties about [WikiLeaks]?" Stone answered that he did not, when in fact he had a bunch of emails and other communications. The obstruction charge also alleges Stone attempted to prevent Credico from testifying or tried to convince him to testify falsely.
Counts two through six concern specific statements to the House committee. Count Two is based on Stone's assertion that he did not have emails.
- Count Three alleges that Stone lied when he said that Credico was his only "go-between" to Assange, when in fact, Stone was also in contact with Corsi for that purpose. "At no time did Stone identify [Corsi] to [the House] as another individual Stone contacted to serve as a 'go-between,'" the indictment says.
- Count Four alleges that Stone lied when he said he did not ask Credico to communicate anything to Assange, when in fact Stone asked both Credico and Corsi to get in touch with Assange "to pass on requests ... for documents Stone believed would be damaging to the Clinton campaign."
- Count Five alleges that Stone lied when he told the House that he and Credico did not communicate via text message or email about WikiLeaks. Stone told the committee the two talked over the phone, when in fact, according to the indictment, "Stone and [Credico] ... engaged in frequent written communications by email and text message."
- Count Six alleges that Stone lied when he testified that he had never discussed his conversations with Credico with anyone at the Trump campaign, when in fact, "Stone spoke to multiple individuals involved in the Trump campaign about what he claimed to have learned from his intermediary to [WikiLeaks]."
- Count Seven is a witness tampering charge, alleging that Stone tried to convince Credico to take the Fifth or to lie to the House committee.
here's my verdict form. will try to report count by count. pic.twitter.com/BOE2aPf1hX— Darren Samuelsohn (@dsamuelsohn) November 15, 2019
Jackson tells Stone and his lawyers to take a seat. She thanks the jury.— Darren Samuelsohn (@dsamuelsohn) November 15, 2019