Roger Stone guilty of lying to Congress to protect Trump and his campaign

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WASHINGTON — Roger Stone, an ally of President Donald Trump, was found guilty Friday of lying to Congress and obstructing its investigation into Russia in order to protect Trump and his presidential campaign.

The jury’s verdict, which came after about eight hours of deliberation, marks a remarkable downfall for the longtime fixture in GOP politics, who has worked on campaigns stretching back to Richard Nixon’s.

Stone is the latest Trump ally to be found guilty of crimes sprouting from the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. His conviction could raise questions about a possible pardon from the president. As the verdicts were read, Stone, in a dark-blue pinstripe suit, stood expressionless with his hands in his pocket.

The verdict, reached by a jury of nine women and three men, comes in the middle of an impeachment inquiry fueled by allegations that Trump sought to have another country interfere in the 2020 presidential election.

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