Donald Trump’s friend and former adviser Roger Stone has been convicted of lying to try and protect the president.
Stone, 67, was found guilty Friday of obstructing a congressional investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
He was convicted at a court in Washington DC, close to where impeachment proceedings which could end President Trump’s time in the White House continue.
He was charged after changing his story while giving evidence to the US government’s House Intelligence Committee in September 2017.
Veteran lobbyist Stone, who began his career in 1972 working for disgraced ex-President Richard Nixon, lied while giving evidence about Russian meddling in the presidential election, which Trump ultimately won.
Stone, convicted of seven crimes in total, was also found to have tried to block the testimony of another potential witness, and concealing evidence for investigators.
Jurors agreed with prosecutors that Stone had lied because the truth would have ‘looked terrible’ for both President Trump and his campaign, the New York Times reported.
They also disagreed with Stone’s brazen assertion at the time that ‘no one cares’ about his lies by convicting him of crimes likely to lead to a long stretch behind bars.
Stone, who has a tattoo of Richard Nixon on his back, will be sentenced in February. His colorful love life has previously hit the headlines, with Stone once conducting an interview in a swingers’ club and describing himself as a ‘trysexual’ who has enjoyed a wide variety of sexual experiences.
Stone spent the months leading up to the November 2016 presidential election trying to obtain emails stolen by Russian hackers containing damaging information about Trump rival Hillary Clinton.
He briefed Team Trump officials about the contents of these emails ‘every chance he got,’ prosecutor Jonathan Kravis Said.
But Stone blustered after being called to the House Intelligence Committee, and ended up incriminating himself.
He joins a long list of other former Trump aides convicted of crimes.
They include the president’s former fixer Michael Cohen, convicted of financial crimes related to a hush money payment made to a porn star who claimed to have had a one night stand with Trump behind his wife Melania’s back.
Others convicted include former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and former campaign aide George Papadopoulos.
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