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Wednesday 11 December 2019

Trump ally Stone guilty in Russia hack probe

Stone denied wrongdoing. Photo: Yara Nardi
Stone denied wrongdoing. Photo: Yara Nardi

Roger Stone, a long-time friend and ally of US president Donald Trump, has been found guilty of witness tampering and lying to Congress about his pursuit of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton's 2016 election bid.

Stone was convicted of all seven counts in an indictment that accused him of lying to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to tip the 2016 election.

Motivated

He is the sixth Trump aide or adviser to be convicted of charges brought as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

Stone (67) has denied wrongdoing and consistently criticised the case against him as politically motivated. He could face up to 20 years in prison.

During the trial, witnesses highlighted how Trump asso- ciates were eager to gather information about emails the US says were hacked by Russia and then given to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

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