Roger Stone Guilty on All Counts

Charged with witness tampering, lying to Congress

Tom Puckett
November 15, 2019 - 12:07 pm
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WASHINGTON (AP/WBEN) -  Roger Stone, a longtime friend and ally of President Donald Trump, has been found guilty at his trial in federal court in Washington. Stone was convicted Friday. He was charged in a seven-count indictment that alleged he lied to lawmakers about WikiLeaks, tampered with witnesses and obstructed a House intelligence committee probe.

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 the U.S. says were hacked by Russia and then provided to WikiLeaks. Stone was regarded as an "access point" to WikiLeaks and frequently boasted of having insider access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.  

Legal analyst Paul Cambria made an educated guess as to what he'd expect the sentence to look like, as Stone faces a max sentence of 50 years - 20 years for the witness tampering verdict - and then five years each on the other counts.

"It will be looked at as a very serious offense by the judge when they are calculating the guidelines, so that's the one that he could catch some serious time for," said Cambria regarding witness tampering. "Theoretically, he could 50 years; realistically, imposing the guidelines, which is how it's done in federal court, he's probably looking at at least five, six, seven years..."

Stone has denied the allegations, but political analyst Carl Calabrese says he's not surprised by the verdict.

"I guess I'm not surprised; I've followed Roger Stone's career for decades, actually," said Calabrese. "He's always been a guy who plays politics on the edge, and he's been a dirty trickster in the past. I mean, that's his modus operandi, so to speak."

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