Wow! This day just keeps getting better adn better.
Courtesy of WaPo:
A federal jury has convicted longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone of lying to Congress and tampering with a witness about his efforts to learn about the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks release of hacked Democratic emails in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The panel of nine women and three men deliberated for less than two days before finding Stone, 67, guilty on all seven counts resulting from his September 2017 testimony to a House intelligence committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Kremlin’s efforts to damage Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Stone had argued that he was not intentionally dishonest and that the cases was politically motivated. But jurors sided with prosecutors who said Stone obstructed the House efforts because the truth would be embarrassing to Donald Trump’s campaign.
Stone’s indictment was the last brought by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, putting on trial his slippery brand of political brawling and revealing important new details about the Trump campaign’s keen interest in computer files hacked by Russia and made public by WikiLeaks. He was accused of lying to Congress and tampering with a witness, an associate prosecutors said Stone threatened in a bid to prevent the man from cooperating with lawmakers.
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.
Roger Stone potentially faces decades in prison and his only hope is that Trump will issue a pardon.
And Stone is not shy about asking for one.
Courtesy of Newsweek:
Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone on Thursday reportedly begged President Donald Trump to pardon him through a message sent to InfoWars far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones as the jury deliberated his fate.
Stone, 68, a former Trump 2016 campaign adviser and longtime Republican operative, reportedly sent a message to Jones asking to be pardoned while being tried in federal court in Washington D.C. over seven charges of lying to Congress about his relationship with WikiLeaks.
“Roger Stone’s message is this,” Jones said during Thursday’s broadcast of Infowars’ The Alex Jones Show, “He expected to be convicted. He said, ‘Only a miracle can save me now,’ that was exact words to me last night and this morning.”
“And he said to me, ‘Alex, barring a miracle, I appeal to God and I appeal to your listeners for prayer, and I appeal to the president to pardon me because to do so would be an action that would show these corrupt courts that they’re not going to get away with persecuting people for their free speech or for the crime of getting the president elected,'” Jones continued, adding that Stone asserted, “If we don’t do that, it will embolden their criminal activity.”
I don’t think anybody can predict whether or not Trump will issue this pardon, but if he does it will be a tacit admission that he supports what Roger Stone did and that he is likely issuing the pardon to protect himself from whatever Stone might reveal about him in the future.
Update: Trump has already tweeted about Stone’s convictions.
….A double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019
It seems that perhaps Alex Jones got Trump’s attention.