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Another Trump Associate Charged For Witness Tampering

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longtime adviser to President Trump, Roger Stone

A flamboyant Republican working officer and apparently longtime adviser to President Trump, has been found guilty of lying, hiding evidence and witness tampering in a case against him over his alleged involvement in the 2016 campaign proceedings.

In a case which has been wrapped up in over a week, Roger Stone has been found guilty of misleading the Congress about his efforts to make contact with the organization WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign. He has been slapped with charges on five counts of false statements, one count of witness tampering and one count of obstruction of a congressional proceeding. 

Stone will not be kept into custody, till the time a formal sentencing has been read out till February 6, 2020. Witness tampering could see a long prison sentence of upto 20 years, though first time offenders get a shorter sentence.

But with the way Trump administration is coming under firing line for corruption charges, the court might not go leniently on this one either.

Supporting his own Trump took to twitter and mentioned how similar instances pertaining to political opponents have gone unchecked.  He has harshly rebuked the favoritism.

Stone has been charged with lying to the House committee about his communication related to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and that he never asked his back channel to communicate anything to Mr. Assange and that he never had conversations about Mr. Assange with members of the Trump campaign.

The jury was made to hear the main witness comedian and radio personality Randy Credico’s testimony. Apparently, in 2017, Mr. Stone has disclosed that Mr. Credico was his back channel to WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign.

A House committee was then probing Stone’s role in Russian interference of the 2016 US election campaign of influencing the win for Trump.

It seems that Stone’s revelation went against him when the committee reached out to Mr. Credico for documents and testimony. Mr. Stone then sought to prevent him from contradicting his testimony, writing: “’Stonewall it. Plead the fifth. Anything to save the plan’… Richard Nixon. ”

Stone now becomes the sixth associate of Mr. Trump to be convicted on charges stemming from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian activity in the 2016 election.

WikiLeaks is said to have published several troves of Democratic Party emails stolen by Russian hackers as part of a Kremlin campaign to boost Mr. Trump at the expense of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded. Trump is now under scrutiny for influencing and pressurizing the current PM of Ukraine for indulging into investigations against a key political opponent Joe Biden that amounts to misusing his position at the White House to suit his ulterior motives.

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