Roger Stone, Trump loyal, convicted of lying in Congress

The 67 year old man was tried for his false testimony, in 2017, before the parliamentarians. He faces twenty years in prison.

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Roger Stone, when he arrived at the Washington court on November 15. WIN MCNAMEE / AFP

Roger Stone was found guilty Friday November 15 of lying in Congress and witness tampering in connection with the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Former consultant to Donald Trump, this consultant Politics was arrested in Florida in January and released on bail.

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The 67-year-old man was found guilty by a jury of seven counts against him. He was judged because of his false testimony in 2017 to parliamentarians who were investigating the Kremlin's efforts to undermine the candidacy of the Democratic opponent of real estate mogul Hillary Clinton.

This faithful of the tenant of the White House is among the six members of the entourage, more or less close, of Donald Trump to have been charged or condemned in the wake of the investigation of the special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Mr. Stone will be sentenced on February 6, 2020 and faces twenty years in prison.

Intermediary role with WikiLeaks

Donald Trump was also quick to respond to this court decision, denouncing a system "In double standards, two measures as the history of our country has never seen".

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A man of flamboyant style, used to tailor-made costumes, Mr. Stone was found guilty of lying to Congress about his contacts with the WikiLeaks organization about hacked Democratic emails in the 2016 presidential election.

The political consultant argued that the charges against him were for political purposes, but prosecutors have shown that he lied and intimidated witnesses to protect Mr. Trump. In particular, the jurors saw text messages in which Roger Stone pushed an associate to lie about his role as intermediary between him and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The case revealed new details about the Trump team's interest in the Democratic Party's e-mails hacked by Russia and made public by the platform.

In making his findings in the spring, prosecutor Mueller said he did not find evidence of any agreement between the Trump team and Moscow, but detailed a series of disturbing pressures on his investigations by the Republican president.


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