Trump tweets about Roger Stone's conviction, calls it a 'double standard'

Roger Stone arrives at a DC courthouse on November 15

Enlarge Image Roger Stone arrives at a DC courthouse on November 15. Getty Images

The 67-year-old veteran Republican political operative was charged earlier this year with obstructing justice, witness tampering and lying to the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee during its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The charges stem from testimony Stone had given to House intelligence committee, in which he lied about his WikiLeaks contacts during the 2016 campaign.

Stone had denied the allegations and decried the case as politically motivated. "I have no reason to believe he's not going to be here for the next court appearance". "I feel frightful that this happened".

Randy Credico arriving at the U.S. District Court in Washington in 2018. "A stoolie. Prepare to die". Will other witnesses in the president's orbit - Gordon Sondland, for example - take note of today's outcome and take great care to make sure every word of their congressional testimony is accurate? "I only put [the emails and texts] out there as a brushback pitch".

Prosecutors said Mr. Stone told Congress five different lies about his efforts to connect with WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange.

Early in the trial, former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Michelle Taylor, who worked on Mueller's team, used a chart to identify 25 calls Stone had with Manafort, 28 with Gates, two with Bannon and two with Trump himself, including the call in the auto en route to the airport.

Stone, is shown with a placard of Donald Trump, speaking about his book The Making of the President 2016 in Boca Raton, Fla., on March 21, 2017.

The sentencing date was set for February 6.

Stone's trial centred on the former Trump adviser's boasts in 2016 that he knew about the WikiLeaks dirt on Clinton and her campaign chairman and when it would be made public. "Trust me, it will soon [be] Podesta's time in the barrel", Stone tweeted on August 21, 2016, referring to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

Stone had also tipped off the Trump campaign about new batches of damaging emails. "The payload is still coming".

He was accused of lying to Congress and tampering with a witness, an associate prosecutors said Stone threatened in a bid to prevent the man from cooperating with lawmakers. Credico could not immediately be reached for comment on the jury verdict against Stone. "Hillary's campaign will die this week".

During the trial, prosecutors revealed several phone calls placed between Trump and Stone, including a July 2016 conversation in which Gates testified that Trump and Stone spoke about the planned release of hacked Democratic emails.

Both Stone and Credico have since said that Credico did not act as a WikiLeaks back channel.

In emails and texts, the jury saw messages that Stone had sent Credico that included comments like "Prepare to die", "You're a rat".

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