Roger Stone guilty of witness tampering, lying to Congress

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Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates leaves Federal Court in Washington D.C. Dec. 11 2017

Brendan Smialowski AFP Getty Images FILE Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates leaves Federal Court in Washington D.C. Dec. 11 2017

Perhaps hoping for a miracle, Stone was also clutching a bible in his left hand.

The jury of nine women and three men found Mr.

Stone, is shown with a placard of Donald Trump, speaking about his book The Making of the President 2016 in Boca Raton, Fla., on March 21, 2017.

He lied about his conversations with senior Trump Campaign officials and lied to lawmakers when he said he had no emails or written communications about WikiLeaks that could prove useful to their probe.

He said Stone bragged of his relationship with WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange.

Reacting to the conviction, President Trump wrote in a statement: "So they now convict Roger Stone of lying and want to jail him for many years to come".

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Coming full circle, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - Trump's 2016 opponent - chimed in, accusing the president of a crime.

Trump added, "A double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country?".

But the verdict - which is likely to lead to a prison term for Stone when he is sentenced next February 6 - is unlikely to settle the question of whether Stone or anybody else in the campaign actually coordinated with WikiLeaks or the Russian government during the 2016 campaign. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Stone has denied wrongdoing and consistently criticized the case against him as politically motivated.

Stone and his lawyers had no immediate comment.

Key Trump campaign operative had testified in the trial, such as Steve Bannon and Rick Gates. WikiLeaks dumped a series of damaging emails about Hillary Clinton that were stolen from the Democratic party by Russian hackers.

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After the judge set Stone's sentencing date, prosecutor Jonathan Kravis asked the judge to detain Stone pending sentencing, saying that the night before Alex Jones from the conspiracy theory website Infowars claimed Stone had sent him a message.

After his indictment, Stone was banned by Judge Amy Berman Jackson from using social media after he posted a photo of Judge Jackson in crosshairs on his Instagram account.

Such subterfuge, the DOJ alleged, prompted congressional investigators to issue an incomplete and inaccurate report about Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

He told Congress his intermediary with WikiLeaks was NY radio host and comedian Randy Credico, who interviewed Assange in 2016.

As a reminder, Stone was on trial for lying to Congress and thereby obstructing an investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

According to a Fox News report on the verdict, Stone's defense argued that Trump's campaign did nothing wrong and thus that there was nothing to hide.

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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. A stoolie", and "Stonewall it.

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