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Wed Nov 6, 2019, 04:08 PM

Stone Trial Opens With Information Indicating Donald Trump May Have Lied to Robert Mueller

Source: Mother Jones

Roger Stone is on trial, and the proceedings are bad news for President Donald Trump, with federal prosecutors citing evidence that suggests Trump might have lied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. And that sort of lying can be a crime.

The trial kicked off on Wednesday at a federal courthouse in Washington, DC, with a bit of a circus atmosphere. The neo-fascist Proud Boys were there, as well as other luminaries of the alt-right, to support Stone, the dirty trickster and conspiracy theorist who has been a Trump adviser since the 1980s. Facing seven felony counts, Stone is charged with lying repeatedly to the House Intelligence Committee, obstructing justice, and witness tampering. But this case goes beyond Stone’s alleged lies: prosecutors have revealed new information about how Trump tried to benefit from the Russian operation during the 2016 campaign that hacked the Democratic National Committee’s servers. And they are producing material undercutting Trump’s claim to Mueller that he has no recollection of talking to Stone during the campaign about WikiLeaks. This information also presents a new wrinkle in the Trump-Russia scandal: Trump might have thought in 2016 that his campaign, in effect, was colluding with WikiLeaks. That’s because the campaign was communicating with Stone about WikiLeaks’ plans and intentions and campaign officials (and perhaps Trump) believed Stone was in contact with WikiLeaks.

“The evidence in this case will show that Roger Stone lied to the House Intelligence Committee because the truth looked bad,” lead prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky said in his opening statement on Wednesday. “The truth looked bad for the Trump campaign and the truth looked bad for Donald Trump.”

One of the key points Mueller investigated was whether the Trump campaign had interacted with WikiLeaks or Russian intermediaries in 2016 when Moscow was using WikiLeaks for its operation to subvert the US presidential campaign (which was mounted in part to help Trump win). Trump refused to be questioned in person by Mueller and his investigators. Instead, he agreed to answer written questions on a limited number of subjects. Several of the queries Mueller submitted to Trump focused on whether he was ever told Stone had been in touch with WikiLeaks and whether he or anyone associated with his campaign had spoken to Stone about WikiLeaks. In his written response, Trump replied, “I do not recall being told during the campaign that Roger Stone or anyone associated with my campaign had discussions with any of the entities named in the question regarding the content or timing of release of hacked emails.” He also noted, “I do not recall discussing WikiLeaks with [Stone], nor do I recall being aware of Mr. Stone having discussed WikiLeaks with individuals associated with my campaign.” And Trump, who has boasted of possessing a prodigious memory, claimed to have “no recollection of the specifics of any conversations I had with Mr. Stone between June 1, 2016” and Election Day. The impression Trump provided: as far as he knew, he and his campaign had had nothing to do with Stone and WikiLeaks.

Read more: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/11/stone-trial-opens-with-information-indicating-donald-trump-may-have-lied-to-robert-mueller/

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Reply Stone Trial Opens With Information Indicating Donald Trump May Have Lied to Robert Mueller (Original post)
fleur-de-lisa Wednesday OP
trueblue2007 Wednesday #1
Maxheader Wednesday #2
maxsolomon Wednesday #5
redstatebluegirl Wednesday #3
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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 04:12 PM

1. THROW THE BOOK AT STONE. Put him in jail for rest of his life.

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Response to trueblue2007 (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 04:15 PM

2. Share a cell with stumpy?



Watch them both go crazy...excuse...crazier...

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Response to trueblue2007 (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 04:52 PM

5. there's no scenario that puts Stone in jail for life.

realistically, what do you think his sentence will be? 20 years? for lying to Congress?

please.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 04:25 PM

3. Stone has screwed this country twice now, it is time for him to go to jail and come out penniless.

Taking their money is more important to them than the time in jail.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 04:36 PM

4. Scorched Earth! Burn him and this cabal to the ground.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 05:39 PM

6. K&R

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 05:56 PM

7. Trump May Have Lied? Lying is his defining characteristic. nt

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 05:57 PM

8. Yup

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 06:07 PM

9. The Proud Boys were supporting him?!?!?

That should really help him out.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 11:15 PM

10. Stone is scum.

He and his Nixon tattoo can go to hell.

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