Jury convicts ex-Trump adviser Roger Stone on 7 criminal counts

President Donald Trump's former campaign adviser Roger Stone leaves federal court Friday in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Nydia, after being found guilty of crimes including lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI

Nov. 15 (UPI) — Roger Stone, a political operative and former adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign, was convicted Friday on seven criminal counts — in the final prosecution related to the Justice Department’s two-year Russia investigation.

Stone, 67, was convicted on charges that include obstruction, making false statements and witness tampering. He is the sixth Trump staffer to be convicted on charges related to the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller, which sought to determine whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Moscow to interfere in the 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. He was a key part of the investigation, prosecutors argued, because he was an “access point” for WikiLeaks due to frequent claims he had insider information.

Prosecutors used some of Stone’s private text messages as evidence, arguing they contradicted the details he gave House investigators.

Police arrested Stone and raided his Florida home in January. He will be sentenced Feb. 6.


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