Roger Stone, Trump's Friend, Is Found Guilty For Lies That Protected Trump

(CNN) – Roger Stone, a long-time friend of Donald Trump, was found guilty this Friday of lying to Congress and other charges, in a case that sheds new light on President Donald Trump's anticipation of post mailings Electronic Democrats in 2016 by WikiLeaks.

Stone, a political agent, was found guilty of the seven charges brought against him by the Department of Justice, a victory for the investigation of special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Stone was found responsible for five charges for lying to Congress, one for tampering with witnesses and another for obstructing the procedure of a congressional commission.

The verdict marks an impressive conclusion in one of the highest-profile trials that emerged from Robert Mueller's investigation of the Russian plot in 2016. A case that began when Stone, one of Trump's most public supporters, was arrested during a break-in before dawn, while the special prosecutor's investigation continued its course and that since then has gradually revealed new information about the positive reception of Trump's campaign to foreign interference in the 2016 elections.

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Prosecutors asked the judge to stop Stone immediately. They alleged that he violated his gag order and contacted someone in the press on Thursday night. Judge Amy Berman Jackson declined the request, noting that "he will release him in his current conditions until the date of sentencing."

Stone did not have an audible reaction when the jury verdict was read. He kept his right hand firm on the table next to him as he looked forward, away from his defense and from the courtroom. When the jury entered and all its members said yes, Stone put on his glasses. His movements were slow and deliberate as he took a sip of water as each juror declared his position.

According to prosecutors, Stone did not deliver documents to Congress in 2017, showing that he had tried to contact WikiLeaks the previous year, and lied about five facts, hiding his attempt to use intermediaries to obtain information that could help the then-candidate Donald Trump in the race Election against Hillary Clinton.

WikiLeaks published in July 2016 emails that were hacked by the Russians on the servers of the Democratic Party, followed by fragments of emails stolen from the Clinton campaign chief in October of that year, which continued until the Day of the Elections.

Stone's trial in federal court in Washington revealed how far this old Trump friend was in direct contact with the then candidate and other campaign members about the publication on WikiLeaks of emails hacked to Democrats in 2016.

Prosecutors argued that witness information, along with Stone's text messages, emails and phone records, showed the defendant's interest in communicating with WikiLeaks about hacked documents and in talking with Trump's campaign about it and even With the candidate himself. Prosecutors said Stone lied to Congress for the desire to protect Trump.

"It would look really bad for his partner Donald Trump" if the truth had come to light, prosecutor Jonathan Kravis said in his final argument on Wednesday.

Stone's defense team said its client had no reason to protect the now president when he testified in the House of Representatives in 2017, because Trump had already won the election and is the president of the United States.

The president came to the defense of Stone this Friday, after the verdict was issued, calling it a "double standard as never before seen in the history of our country."

In recent months, Trump has considered forgiving Stone if he was convicted, according to what multiple people familiar with his thinking have pointed out.

Several of Stone's allies have pressured the president to do so, but there are also those who have advised him that forgiving him would be a terrible idea in political terms, so they have warned him otherwise, people close to the situation told CNN.

These discussions occurred while the scenario was still hypothetical. Now that a federal jury has condemned Stone, it is unclear what the current position of the president is.

Among the witnesses to the trial were characters from the Trump world, such as former White House strategist Steve Bannon and former campaign vice president Rick Gates, a key contributor to Mueller's investigation. The two emphasized Trump's campaign interest in hacking and leaks since April 2016.

During the trial, prosecutors revealed several phone calls between Trump and Stone, including a July 2016 conversation about which Gates testified that the president and the defendant dealt with the planned publication of hacked emails to Democrats.

In his written responses to Mueller, Trump said he did not remember his conversations with Stone, or discussions about WikiLeaks or the Democratic attack.

Prosecutors argued that Stone, not reporting on attempts to contact WikiLeaks, left the House Intelligence Commission with a blind spot in its investigation, which caused the final report of this committee on Russian interference in the Elections were inaccurate.

CNN's Kaitlan Collins contributed to this report.

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