On November 15th, a Washington, D.C. federal jury found Roger Stone guilty on all charges against him. Roger Stone is a long-time political adviser of US President Donald Trump and he allegedly a connection to WikiLeaks.
Stone was convicted of one count of obstructing an official proceeding, five counts of making false statements to Congress, and one count of witness tampering.
The verdict makes Stone the sixth former Trump adviser to be convicted of or plead guilty to charges stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Roger Stone was indicted in January 2019, and the case against him took months to finish.
The federal prosecutors alleged that Stone attempted to obstruct the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election by lying to the committee about his efforts to contact WikiLeaks, and by encouraging another witness to lie for him.
Former Trump campaign aides – Steve Bannon and Rick gates testified against Stone. Both of them said that Roger Stone had repeatedly said he had insider information on WikiLeaks and its plans to release information that would be damaging to Hillary Clinton.
During the case it never became clear whether Stone really had any insider information and if whether he actually carried out any of the things he is being accused of.
The prosecutors provided quite a bit of documentation to prove that the story Roger Stone told Congress, that all his WikiLeaks information came from a single “intermediary,” radio host Randy Credico was a “lie.”
And they suggested Stone concocted this false story to hide his true WikiLeaks connection – conservative author Jerome Corsi, but it’s unclear what he knows and how he got around to knowing it.
The government alleged that when the House Intelligence Committee asked him to testify in their Russia investigation in 2017, Stone concocted a false cover story to hide whatever actually happened.
Stone was also charged with falsely telling Congress he had no emails or texts discussing WikiLeaks; with falsely saying he never asked for any requests to be communicated to Assange; and with falsely saying he never discussed his conversations with his WikiLeaks intermediary with anyone in Trump’s campaign.
To repeat these are the things Roger Stone was found guilty of:
- Claiming he hadn’t exchanged emails with Wikileaks with third-parties like Credico and Corsi;
- Saying that Corsi was his only intermediary with Wikileaks;
- Denying that he asked Credico to be an envoy between himself and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange;
- Denying he communicated with Credico regarding Wikileaks altogether;
- Denying that he relayed his communications with Credico to Trump campaign officials.
All of these are contained in the indictment, released back in January 2019.
He was found guilty of carrying out all these actions, and there was no evidence at all. The situation was allegedly described in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s full 448-page report, but most of it is redacted. It was redacted to allegedly not prejudice the trial of Roger Stone. It also means that, even if there wasn’t anything concrete, redacting it would mean it was simply done as a way to create an illusion suggesting there was.
Whether an unredacted version would be released remains questionable. What’s matters is that the jury, after two days of consideration found Roger Stone guilty, based on no evidence whatsoever, based on a report by Robert Mueller that concluded nothing at all and he completely failed to justify 3 years of investigations before the Congress.
The case against Stone was opened as soon as it turned out that he was lying about his interaction with WikiLeaks, when the site was publishing materials stolen during the hacking of the electronic database of letters from the Democratic National Committee. At the same time, Stone’s defense argued that the charge against Trump’s former assistant should be dropped because the investigation concerned Russia’s interference in the election, and not what Wikileaks did.
However, the jury did not agree with these arguments. Moreover, witnesses who spoke at the trial said that Stone repeatedly boasted that he had his own source close to Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks.
As for the attempt to put pressure on the witness, Stone recalled his conversation with radio host Randy Credico (who allegedly had connections in Wikileaks). The prosecution claimed that before giving evidence to Credico Stone, in a conversation with him, he uttered a phrase from the movie “The Godfather 2”, intimidating him. The lawyers, in turn, indicated that the phrase was said as a joke, and Stone said it during a friendly conversation.
Stone’s final verdict is supposed to be given on February 20th, 2020 and it could be of up to 50 years in prison.
Donald Trump, commenting on the jury’s decision on Twitter, said Stone’s verdict was yet another manifestation of a double-standard policy. Finally, Trump asked if whether the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, former CIA head Richard Brennan and Robert Muller also lied, among others.
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?….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019
In conclusion, guilty or not, the point of the matter is that Roger Stone was deemed guilty by MSM a long time ago, the same way every other individual who was indicted by Robert Mueller was found guilty long before they were sentenced to anything at all. It is becoming more and more apparent that in the modern US, “justice” has little to do with truth or evidence. It, however, has much to do with constructing a narrative, largely, out of thin air and repeating it on MSM until enough people believe it is fact.
At the same time, Roger Stone may receive a presidential pardon. Asked after the verdict whether Trump is considering a Stone pardon, White House deputy press secretary Steven Groves replied, “Not that I’m aware of.” But there is no rush, since there are still months until February 2020 and Stone isn’t jailed until then.
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