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By Debra Cassens Weiss
November 15, 2019, 12:20 pm CST


Political consultant Roger Stone, an adviser to President Donald Trump, was convicted Friday for lying to Congress about his contacts with the Trump campaign regarding WikiLeaks’ plans to release documents damaging to Hillary Clinton and his attempts to obtain hacked emails from WikiLeaks.

Jurors in Washington, D.C., also convicted Stone on charges of obstructing the congressional probe of Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election and for witness tampering, a charge related to his attempt to influence radio commentator Randy Credico to back up Stone’s false story that he had been Stone’s intermediary to WikiLeaks.

The Washington Post, the New York Times, Politico, Law360 and Law.com have coverage of the verdict.

Prosecutors had alleged that Stone urged Credico to do a “Frank Pentangeli,” a reference to a character in The Godfather Part II who claimed at a congressional hearing to know nothing about his career in the Mafia.

Defense lawyers had contended that Trump did not collude with Russia to obtain hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee, so Stone’s misstatements about his WikiLeaks interactions were not consequential, according to the Washington Post’s s
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