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Roger Stone found guilty in court for lying about congress and disability: NPR



President Trump's former advisor, Roger Stone, leaves the courthouse after being found guilty of obstructing a congressional investigation into Russia's interference in the 201

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President Trump's former advisor, Roger Stone, leaves the courthouse after being found guilty of obstructing a congressional investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election in Washington, DC.

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Roger Stone, a seasoned Republican politician and longtime confidant of Donald Trump, was convicted on Friday by a federal jury in Washington, DC.

The verdict was announced after two days Another chapter in the long and colorful story of Stone as a self-described dirty cheater, who was advised by the jury.

It also means that Stone, who is 67 years old, is likely even imprisoned as a first-time offender. Stone stood there when the verdict in this case was read in all seven points, but did not speak.

Stone was arrested at his Florida home in January on charges brought by former Special Adviser Robert Müller in the investigation against Russia.

Stone did not plead guilty to making false statements, disabilities and witnessing. He did not take a stand during the trial.

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comments on the Stone ruling. But Trump accused Twitter that the system was unfair.

Prosecutor's Case

In the indictment, Stone was accused of lying to the House Intelligence Committee to find out what WikiLeaks was by thousands [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_Medical_English]

The House Committee conducted its own investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 elections.

WikiLeaks eventually published the emails during the campaign, which became an important topic of conversation for Donald Trump's electoral victory.

During the six-day trial, the government presented emails and text messages to try to prove that Stone lied to Congress to hide his efforts to contact WikiLeaks – also by telling legislators that he was had no records of hacked emails or the anti-secrecy group.

Stone's defenders argued Stone was not about to lie to the committee. They also claimed that the investigation against him was misguided and that Stone was targeted for political reasons.

Stone was Trump's second close political adviser to be tried by Muller's team on charges.

The other was Stone's former business partner Paul Manafort, who was sentenced in 2018 in a tax and bank fraud case in Virginia. Manafort later pleaded guilty to a similar case that Mueller had tried in Washington, DC.