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Trump confidant found guilty of lying to Congress, faces up to 20 years in prison

Roger Stone was found guilty of all seven counts against him, including witness tampering and making false statements.

Trump confidant found guilty of lying to Congress, faces up to 20 years in prison

As United States President Donald Trump faces an ongoing impeachment inquiry, it appears that his motley crew, too, is in hot water. Recently, as part of the Mueller investigation, Trump confidant Roger Stone, 67, was found guilty on all seven counts against him. The charges included making false statements, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering "in a case that was an offshoot of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation," NBC News reports. Stone is now the sixth aide or adviser to be found guilty as part of the Mueller probe.


Stone's sentencing has been scheduled for February 6, 2020. The jury deliberated on his case for two days. He faces up to two decades of jail time for his crimes, though former US attorney and NBC/MSNBC legal analyst Joyce Vance believes a 20-year sentence will be rare. She explained, "The guidelines are significantly lower than the statutory maximum. For example, the witness intimidation crime is a 20-year statutory maximum. Sentences for white-collar crimes are typically very short, especially someone convicted of a first offense. People convicted of white-collar crimes could easily end up with zero to six months. They typically serve their sentences in minimum-security facilities. But this is Roger Stone so we don't know exactly what will happen." Following the verdict, President Trump, of course, took to social media platform Twitter to sound off. He wrote, "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, and all of the others, including even Mueller himself? Didn’t they lie?" Perhaps the President is yet to learn how the law works.


The trial, which NBC News called "colorful," was rather unlike other regular hearings. Stone's featured references to The Godfather Part II, threats of dognapping, complaints of food poisoning, and even a gag order. Ultimately, the prosecution rested its case on Tuesday last week with FBI agent Michelle Taylor's testimony. She was called in to testify about Stone's own testimony to the Intelligence Committee, particularly the moment when he discussed the potential connections between the Russian government and Guccifer 2.0, the persona which claimed to have hacked into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer network to leak its documents to several media outlets, website WikiLeaks, as well as a conference event.


Once the guilty verdict was issued, Mimi Rocah, former assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of New York and MSNBC legal analyst, said of it, "This is a bigger message about truth. The public has been seeing people lying so brazenly for so long and the jury saying facts still matter is a big deal." Stone has been President Trump's confidant for over 30 years now and has even described himself as a "dirty trickster." What does the verdict mean for their relationship? Well, Trump could throw him under the bus like he did his other former aides - but birds of a feather do flock together.


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