President Trump tweeted minutes after Stone’s conviction, “So they now convict Roger Stone of lying and want to jail him for many years to come.”
“Well, what about Crooked Hillary, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Shifty Schiff, Ohr & Nellie, Steele & all the others, including even Mueller himself, didn’t they lie?”
President Trump concluded, “A double standard like never before in the history of our Country?”
….A double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019
Indeed, Comey, Brennan, Clapper, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Rosenstein Ohr and Mueller all lied under oath to Congress on consequential matters but Judge Jackson specifically prohibited Stone defense lawyers from arguing that Stone’s case was one of “selective prosecution.”
President Trump told Fox News on Christmas Eve 2019 that Stone was a “nice guy who many people like” and that he thought Roger Stone “was a good person” who, along with General Michael Flynn, had been treated “very unfairly” in his prosecution by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the US Attorney for the District of Columbia, calling the prosecution of Stone and Flynn a “hoax by dirty cops.”
Stone was indicted for lying to Congress despite the failure of Mueller to find any underlying crime for Stone to lie about.
At trial, prosecutors provided evidence that Stone tried, unsuccessfully, to learn the content of the announced Wikileaks disclosures, which is not a crime. Mueller criminalized perfectly legal political activities in the indictment and conviction of Stone.
Overseeing Stone’s case for the Office of Special Counsel was Jeannie Rhee, who represented Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation in the e-mail case and who gave the maximum contribution to Hillary’s campaigns in 2008 and 2016 as well as Obama in 2008.
Aaron Zelinsky, a former Huffington Post columnist and Assistant US Attorney was recommended by Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to assist Rhee in Stone’s prosecution.
Stone’s case would ultimately be prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Jonathan Kravis who served as Associate White House Counsel for President Barack Obama.
Adam Jed, an Obama DOJ official who successfully argued that the act of Congress outlawing gay marriage was unconstitutional, rounded out Mueller’s prosecution of Stone.
Stone was prosecuted by partisan political opponents. All would resign in protest after filing a fraudulent sentencing report accusing Stone of facilitating foreign interference in the 2016 election and being over-ruled by Senior DOJ Officials.
The prosecution by Rhee, Hillary Clinton’s lawyer is most likely related to the publication of Stone’s book ‘The Clintons’ War on Women” which not only detailed Bill Clinton’s serial sexual assaults on multiple women but Hillary’s role in intimidating, bullying and silencing them.
More importantly, Stone was the first person to expose the Epstein-Clinton connection in that book documenting Bill Clinton’s 28 flights to the convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s private Island and Epstein’s role in the founding of the Clinton Foundation.
Violation of the False Statement Act for which Stone was charged, requires not only that the statement be false but also that it be material and there was an intent to deceive.
The prosecution claim that Stone lied because “the truth wouldn’t look good for Donald Trump” is ludicrous in view of that fact that candidate Trump himself spoke openly about his campaign’s interest in the Wikileaks disclosure:
- October 10, 2016 in Wilkes-Barre, PA: “This just came out,” Trump said. “WikiLeaks, I love WikiLeaks.”
- October 12, 2016 in Ocala, FL: “This WikiLeaks stuff is unbelievable,” Trump said. “It tells you the inner heart, you gotta read it.”
- October 13, 2016 in Cincinnati, OH: “It’s been amazing what’s coming out on WikiLeaks.”
- October 31, 2016 in Warren, MI: “Another one came in today,” Trump said. “This WikiLeaks is like a treasure trove.”
- November 4, 2016 in Wilmington, OH: “Getting off the plane, they were just announcing new WikiLeaks, and I wanted to stay there, but I didn’t want to keep you waiting,” said Trump. “Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks.”
In fact, candidate Trump mentioned WikiLeaks 141 times in the month before the 2016 election, according to MSNBC.
So, what was Stone “hiding?”
Stone, who appeared before the committee voluntarily and not under subpoena, had no motive to lie about what was a completely legal political activity. There was no testimony at Stone’s trial that he told any Trump campaign official anything about Wikileaks that they could not have read on Stone’s Twitter feed.
The House Intelligence Committee voted to turn over Stone’s classified testimony at Mueller’s request but did not refer Stone for prosecution. The Committee’s final report did not find that Stone had mislead the Committee.
One count that Stone engaged in “witness tampering” is also false.
Stone had already divulged to the House Intelligence Committee that progressive radio host and comic impressionist Randy Credico who Stone had worked with for criminal justice sentence reform was his source regarding the significance and timing of the Coming Wikileaks disclosures to the House Intelligence Committee.
Stone urged Credico to assert his fifth amendment rights not to testify before the House Intelligence Committee because Credico said he feared public exposure in the progressive community of the fact that he had “helped elect Trump.”
Credico admitted that his own lawyer advised him to assert his fifth amendment rights as did numerous reporters as well as the ACLU.
Hyped up charges by prosecutors that Stone had threatened to “steal Credico’s dog” to pressure him into silence were specifically denied by Credico at trial.
On January 20th, 2020, Credico wrote a letter to Judge Jackson saying that he “never felt threatened by Stone.” Nonetheless, Stone was convicted on the charge of witness tampering.
The prosecution insisted that Credico was not Stone’s source regarding the general significance and October release of the Wikileaks disclosures despite Stone’s release of a chain of e-mails which indisputably prove that he was.
Federal prosecutors insisted that Dr. Jerome Corsi was the source Stone’s limited knowledge of Wikileaks plans but produced no evidence whatsoever to prove this and pointedly did not call Corsi as a witness at Stone’s trial. An August 2nd e-mail exchange between Stone and Corsi produced by the government at trial showed Corsi’s prognostications that a major Wikileaks data dump would come in August and would pertain to the Clinton Foundation was incorrect.
A text exchange between Corsi and Stone on October 3 showed Corsi saying, “Assange has nothing and has made a fool of himself.”
Steve Bannon contradicted himself 14 times on the witness stand in Stone’s trial saying that Stone was the Trump campaign’s “access point to Wikileaks” under direct examination by Federal prosecutors, then denying that Stone was the Trump campaign’s “access point to Wikileaks” under cross examination and then finally admitting the campaign had no “access point to Wikileaks.”
Prosecutors objected when Stone’s lawyers sought to enter Bannon’s allegedly contradictory sworn testimony before the House Intelligence Committee insisting it was hearsay. Judge Jackson would not allow Bannon’s HPSI testimony to be entered as evidence.
Convicted felon Rick Gates testified at Stone’s trial that he overheard a cell phone conversation between Stone and Trump while in a SUV on the way to LaGuardia Airport in August 2016.
Gates admitted that he could not hear the actual conversation and Federal prosecutors produced no phone record or additional witness to corroborate this claim, although Gates said there were two Secret Service Agents in the SUV.
Both Trump and Stone have denied this conversation ever took place. In written responses to questions from Mueller President Trump specifically denied ever discussing the Wikileaks disclosures.
Gates, who was convicted of conspiracy and lying to the FBI received a 45 day sentence in return for his testimony against Stone, and federal prosecutors declined to prosecute Gates for not paying taxes on millions of dollars of income he admitted he embezzled from his partner Paul Manafort.
Nonetheless a DC Jury found Stone guilty on all charges. While one juror, a Beto O’Rourke contributor, told the Washington Post that the jury was “diverse in age, gender, race, ethnicity, income, education and occupation” his claim is misleading to say the least.
The jury included no Republicans, no military veterans, no Roman Catholics, no Black men and no one with less than a College education but did include a former Democratic candidate for Congress, two lawyers who worked in Democratic Administrations, three jurors with ties to the FBI, three jurors with ties to the Department of Justice and two jurors with ties to the CIA as well as an Obama appointee to the position of Communications Director of a Federal Department.
It is questionable whether any Republican can get a fair trial in the District of Columbia.
The underlying premise of the federal indictment of Roger Stone contained in the first two pages of his indictment is that the Russians hacked the DNC and provided this allegedly hacked data to Wikileaks.
All of the questions Stone allegedly lied about relate to this alleged action, yet Judge Amy Berman Jackson would not allow Stone’s lawyers to disprove this by calling forensic witnesses like for NSA Bill Binney.
Having based their prosecution of Stone on this premise federal prosecutors now insisted it was irrelevant.
When the government admitted in discovery that the FBI had never inspected the DNC computer servers and had instead relied on a redacted draft memo from Crowdstrike, an IT firm closely tied to Hillary Clinton, the admission got broad media coverage.
The government then filed an additional sur-reply with the court claiming to have other sources of confirmation that the DNC had been hacked by the Russian but declining to produce any proof of this claim.
Judge Jackson barred Stone’s attorneys from raising any questions regarding the misconduct of the Special Prosecutor, the DOJ, the FBI or Members of Congress.
“There will be no investigating of the investigators in my courtroom,” she said, despite the appointment of Special Counsel John Durham by Attorney General Bill Barr to do exactly that.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) admitted his coordination with the office of the Special Counsel in violation of House Rules in a letter to Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes but Judge Jackson prohibited Stone’s lawyers from pursuing this evidence of a “set-up” by Schiff.
The Washington Post reported that Mueller had an advance copy of Stone’s classified testimony, another violation of House Rules, prior to the full committee voting to release the testimony to the Special Counsel at Mueller’s request but did so with no referral for prosecution for perjury.
Schiff, Rep. Eric Swallwell (D-CA) and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) all predicted immediately after Stone’s testimony that he would be indicted for perjury – impossible for them to know without having seen the fruits of surveillance on Stone.
Stone has been gagged during this entire process and not allowed to defend himself. Stone remains, even post-conviction under a constitutionally questionable gag order imposed by Judge Jackson, but Stone’s wife, Nydia Stone, has said publicly that her husband was prosecuted because he refused a deal to falsely against the President regarding the content of more than 25 phone calls between candidate Trump and Stone in 2016 proposed by prosecutors just prior to the transmittal of the Special Counsel’s Report to Attorney General Bill Barr.
While Stone has been gagged by the judge based on the claim that his public defense of himself would “taint the jury pool,” the Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, The New York Times, the Daily Beast, Vox, Vice and others orchestrated a 18 month drumbeat of leaks from Mueller claiming that Stone would be prosecuted for treason and conspiracy against the United States and would prove to be the link between the Trump Campaign and Russia.
None of this would prove true.
Roger Stone was the last victim of Mueller’s Witch Hunt. He was railroaded in a vindictive, politically motivated prosecution by a biased Judge and a stacked jury.
He now faces 25 years in prison. He and his family have been bankrupted, having lost their home, their savings, their insurance and Stone’s ability to make a living.
Roger Stone wife, Nydia Stone, 71 is deaf and has no means to support herself if he husband is incarcerated for what amounts to a life sentence.
On February 10, Federal Prosecutors asked for a 7 to 9 years sentence for Stone.
President Trump himself said this was “disgraceful” and a “miscarriage of justice.”
Indeed, it must not.
This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice! https://t.co/rHPfYX6Vbv
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020
150,000 Americans have now signed a petition urging President Trump to “Free Roger Stone”. President Trump having called Stone’s prosecution a hoax, should pardon Roger Stone as an act of both mercy and justice now.