Roger Stone guilty of witness tampering, lying to Congress

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FILE – In this Nov. 14, 2019 file photo, Roger Stone accompanied by his wife Nydia Stone, right, arrives at federal court in Washington. Stone, a longtime friend and ally of President Donald Trump, has been found guilty at his trial in federal court in Washington. Stone was convicted Friday, Nov. 15. He was charged in a seven-count indictment that alleged he lied to lawmakers about WikiLeaks, tampered with witnesses and obstructed a House intelligence committee probe. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Roger Stone, a longtime friend and ally of President Donald Trump, has been found guilty at his trial in federal court in Washington.

Stone was convicted Friday. He was charged in a seven-count indictment that alleged he lied to lawmakers about WikiLeaks, tampered with witnesses and obstructed a House intelligence committee probe.

His trial highlighted how Trump campaign associates were eager to gather information about emails hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton that were released by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

The president on Twitter implied the conviction was “A double standard like never seen before.”

Prosecutors say Stone lied to Congress about his conversations about WikiLeaks with New York radio host Randy Credico and conservative writer and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi.

He’s also accused of trying to intimidate Credico and threatening to take his dog.

Stone had denied the allegations and decried the case as politically motivated.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson says Stone can remain free pending his sentencing in February.

The judge said he’ll be subject to the same conditions he faced following his arrest, including a gag order preventing him from talking to media.

She set Stone’s sentencing for Feb. 6. Stone, 67, could face up to 20 years in prison.

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