Well this is awkward.
Donald Trump, a very normal and innocent President of the United States, just tweeted:
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 & all of the others, including even Mueller himself? Didn’t they lie?....
Who is next?
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• Roger Stone, you've been THUNDERSTRUCK Read the rest
Oh, I've been waiting for this day for a long time. Read the rest
Roger Stone was found guilty of lying to a Congressional House committee about his involvement with Wikileaks and for witness tampering. The jury deliberated for eight hours before convicting him of all seven counts. The 67-year-old felon could serve up to 50 years in prison.
In the indictment, Stone was accused of lying to the House Intelligence Committee about his efforts to discover what WikiLeaks planned to do with thousands of hacked Democratic emails it had in its possession. The House committee was conducting its own investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. WikiLeaks ultimately did release the emails during the campaign, which became a major talking point of the election that Donald Trump went on to win.
In arguments and testimony over the past two weeks, prosecutors revealed a series of phone calls at critical times in 2016 between Stone, Trump and some of the highest-ranking officials on the Trump campaign — Stephen K. Bannon, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates.
Gates and Bannon took the witness stand, describing how the campaign viewed Stone as a sort-of conduit to WikiLeaks who claimed — even before the Russian hacking was known — to have insider information. Gates testified to overhearing a phone call in which Trump seemed to discuss WikiLeaks with Stone, calling into question the president’s assertion to Mueller’s office that he did not recall discussing the organization with his longtime friend.
New York Times:
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Mr. Stone, 67, joins a notable list of former Trump aides convicted of lying to federal authorities.
Trump likely lied to Mueller about 2016 WikiLeaks email plans, if this is true.
Roger Stone had to leave jury selection early today because he had 'food poisoning.' Read the rest
Special counsel Robert Mueller today notified a federal judge that yet another Instagram post by Donald Trump's longtime friend Roger Stone may have violated Stone's gag order. If Judge Amy Berman Jackson agrees, Stone is going to jail. Read the rest
In an epic blog post, writer and law expert @emptywheel (Marcy Wheeler) dissects Thursday's hearing in court for Trump ratfucker and reckless Instagrammer Roger Stone. Read the rest
“No, Mr. Stone, I’m not giving you another chance,” Judge Amy Berman Jackson said. "I have serious doubt whether you learned any lesson at all."
The judge imposed a limited gag order on Roger Stone last week.
In a federal court filing making the rounds on Thursday, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller says the evidence seized from Roger Stone's residences is "voluminous and complex," and includes computer storage devices that contain “terabytes” of data representing decades of communication records from Stone's numerous mobile devices and online accounts. Read the rest
“Deliberate, coordinated effort by top Trump campaign officials to subvert the will of the American people”
Takes a special kind of evil to pull off what longtime Donald Trump advisor Roger Stone and his pal Jerome Corsi did to Seth Rich's family. Read the rest
"Big news Wednesday... Hillary's campaign will die this week," Randy Credico texted Trump ally Roger Stone, just 6 days before the WikiLeaks email dump.
These text messages obtained by NBC News show that Donald Trump's longtime political “dirty trickster” consigliere Roger Stone was boasting of dirt to come from Wikileaks. Stone has previously denied any foreknowledge of the late-2016 Wikileaks dumps, as he attempts to squirm away from the Special Counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller. This latest news won't help him accomplish that. Read the rest
Roger Stone's Instagram sure is weird.
In an Instagram video he posted today, longtime Trump consigliere Roger Stone said that a Ronan Farrow story soon to be published in The New Yorker reports that Stone explicitly told Donald Trump in October 2016 that WikiLeaks had obtained and was preparing to dump John Podesta's emails. Read the rest
Messages sent by Roger Stone suggest he is the unnamed individual in the new Russia probe indictment made public Friday. Read the rest
Longtime Trump consigliere Roger Stone likes to give slippery answers when grilled by lawmakers or reporters about the specifics of his contacts with Wikileaks and Julian Assange, who are more or less one and the same. The Washington Post finds that their contact dates back to at least 2016. Read the rest