Stone Wall Broken

“Roger Stone, a longtime friend and ally of President Donald Trump, was found guilty Friday of witness tampering and lying to Congress about his pursuit of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election bid.” (Editors note: Shocker.) Another one of Trump’s henchmen is headed for prison. AP: Roger Stone guilty of witness tampering, lying to Congress. (At this point, the two people most anxious for a pardon are Roger Stone and his future cellmate.)

+ “The case grew out of the Mueller investigation, but the jury heard details that — because of the Stone case — were hidden from the public when the Mueller report was released earlier this year. Most surprising: The extent to which Trump and his top advisers appeared to welcome the release of stolen emails and documents damaging to Democrats by WikiLeaks.”

+ “Though prosecutors sought to prove only that Stone had lied to Congress, they asserted that his motive for the falsehoods was protecting Trump from embarrassment — and thus made the president and his campaign a key component in their case.” WaPo: Roger Stone guilty on all counts in federal trial of lying to Congress, witness tampering. (Between Stone and Yovanovitch, this is one of the most damning days for any American president, ever.)

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