Trump tweets 'double standard' on Stone verdict

Roger Stone, a longtime friend and ally of U.S. President Donald Trump, has been found guilty of witness tampering and lying to Congress about his pursuit of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton's 2016 election bid.

The case against Stone was the last filed by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.

"I have an idea", he wrote in the subject line of one email he sent to Manafort that prosecutors showed in court. "I feel terrible that this happened".

Friday's verdict comes as the House weighs whether to impeach the president for tying nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine to its willingness to open a criminal probe of Trump rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. "A stoolie. Prepare to die".

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

"I have made it clear I will not testify against the President". "I only put [the emails and texts] out there as a brushback pitch".

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The charges against Stone, 67, stemmed from his September 2017 testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, which was also probing Russian meddling.

Roger Stone and wife Nydia leave federal court in Washington on Friday. He's scheduled to be sentenced on February 6.

Stone briefed the Trump campaign about everything he learned about WikiLeaks' plans "every chance he got", prosecutor Jonathan Kravis said. At the time, Podesta's notes revealed CNN commentator Donna Brazile shared town hall questions with the Clinton campaign in advance. Stone may have tried to obtain the emails WikiLeaks possessed from the Democratic National Committee, but there is no evidence that he was successful, and thus no evidence the Trump campaign had any inside contact with WikiLeaks at all - a major point of the collusion theory.

Stone was accused of lying to the House Intelligence Committee about his communications with WikiLeaks, as well as encouraging another witness to lie to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Instead, Stone said he relied by phone on talks with an "intermediary" who confirmed to him what he had already deduced from Assange's public comments.

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. "Hillary's campaign will die this week".

Prosecutors say Stone lied to Congress about his conversations about WikiLeaks with NY radio host Randy Credico and conservative writer and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi. Gates said that as soon as he completed the call with Stone, Trump announced that "more information" would be coming-a reference to future WikiLeaks releases. "2ndin Oct. Impact planned to be very damaging".

  • Sonia Alvarado