Trump tweets ‘double standard’ on Stone verdict

Roger Stone accompanied by his wife Nydia Stone right arrives at federal court in Washington Thursday Nov. 14 2019

He said Stone bragged of his relationship with WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange.

Donald Trump's former confidant Roger Stone has been found guilty of lying to Congress over his contact with the website Wikileaks.

Coming full circle, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - Trump's 2016 opponent - chimed in, accusing the president of a crime.

Stone faces a jail term of 20 years, will be sentenced in February, and will remain free on bond, against prosecutors' urging to imprison him right away.

Gates, who was also charged separately in the Mueller probe, pleaded guilty past year to conspiracy and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of a plea agreement with the government.

During the six-day trial, the government presented emails, text messages and Stone's own public statementsto try to prove its case that Stone had lied to Congress to hide his efforts to contact WikiLeaks - including by telling lawmakers that he had no records concerning hacked emails or the anti-secrecy group.

Stone and his lawyers had no immediate comment.

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In a trial that lasted about a week, witnesses highlighted how Trump campaign associates were eager to gather information about emails the US says were hacked by Russian Federation and then provided to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

President Trump on Friday reacted to the conviction of his longtime friend and associate Roger Stone, calling it a "double standard" because so many of his political enemies have not faced prosecution.

After his indictment, Stone was banned by Judge Amy Berman Jackson from using social media after he posted a photo of Judge Jackson in crosshairs on his Instagram account. Judge Jackson denied the request, allowing Mr. The trial took place just blocks away from U.S. congress where an investigation is underway to determine the articles of impeachment against President Trump.

The lobbyist and Twitter provocateur was accused of withholding from the congressional panel evidence of his conversations with two possible intermediaries - Randy Credico, a comedian and talk show host, and the conservative author and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi - both of whom communicated with WikiLeaks, according to the US.

Federal prosecutors said Stone lied in his September 2017 testimony to Congress to protect the Trump campaign from embarrassment. Stone later identified that intermediary as Credico who in fact had texted Stone on October 1 on his way back from London "big news Wednesday..."

He also lied about the existence of certain texts or emails. A stoolie", and "Stonewall it. Credico also testified during Stone's trial that Stone repeatedly told him to "do a 'Frank Pentangeli,"' a reference to a character in The Godfather: Part II who lies before Congress.

Mr Stone did not take the stand during the trial and his lawyers did not call any witnesses in his defence.

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