Trump ally Roger Stone found guilty of lying to Congress, witness tampering

Roger Stone, a longtime friend and confidant of President Donald Trump, was found guilty Friday of lying to Congress and witness tampering.

Stone, 67, a self-described political trickster, was convicted of all seven criminal counts that he faced at his trial in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.: obstruction of proceedings, five founds of false statements, and one count of witness tampering.

The charges related to allegations that Stone had lied to Congress about his contacts with WikiLeaks during the 2016 election, and to his alleged efforts to get his associate Randy Credico to back up his lies.

Stone had pleaded not guilty in the case.

A 12-member jury, comprising nine women and three men, began their deliberations Thursday morning on the seventh day of Stone’s trial began in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

Stone was arrested in a predawn raid at his Florida home in January and charged in a seven-count indictment on charges including witness tampering, obstruction of justice and making false statements to Congress.

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