Roger Stone, a longtime friend and associate of President Donald Trump, was found guilty on Friday on all seven felony charges he faced in relation to obstructing a congressional investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference, according to The New York Times.
The 67-year-old Stone had been “charged with lying to the House Intelligence Committee, trying to block the testimony of another potential witness and concealing reams of evidence from investigators.”
Evidence revealed that Stone worked to obtain emails stolen by Russia from Democratic computers and released by WikiLeaks during the 2016 election. He also briefed the Trump campaign “every chance he got,” prosecutors said.
During the trial, Rick Gates, Trump’s deputy campaign chairman, testified that Stone and Trump spoke on the phone just days after WikiLeaks had published emails embarrassing to the Clinton campaign in July. Following that phone call, Trump said “more information” would be coming.
The revelation cast doubt on the veracity of Trump’s claim in written testimony to former special counsel Robert Mueller that he could not recall the details of any of his conversations with Stone during the election season.
The Times noted that the most serious charge Stone faced carries a maximum sentence of 20 years but said it is unlikely he will receive such a lengthy prison stay.