“He was not prosecuted, as some have claimed, for standing up for the president. He was prosecuted for protecting up for the president.”
And that’s the mild by which Stone’s inevitable pardon will probably be considered.
Why Roger Stone’s Lies Matter
The Mueller probe famously didn’t cost a statutory prison conspiracy, nevertheless it wasn’t as a result of there was “nothing there”. Moderately, the 2 most severe leads bumped into witnesses who – seemingly as a result of Trump dangling pardons to them – to this very day by no means instructed the reality about what they had been doing. Most notably, these had been:
A lot of what Mueller did discover stays to today redacted for posing “Hurt to Ongoing Matter” (the Stone trial), however here’s what we all know:
Stone was explicitly tasked by the Trump marketing campaign (revealed at trial to be Manafort/Gates) to make contact with WikiLeaks and produce again briefings on the fabric stolen by Russia. Because the choose famous right this moment, each Steve Bannon and Rick Gates obtained these briefings and “took him seriously”.
Trump had a minimum of one telephone name, witnessed by Rick Gates, discussing the upcoming WikiLeaks releases. This may additionally point out that Trump virtually actually lied in his written solutions to Mueller that he didn’t recall discussing WikiLeaks with Stone.
Prosecutor: “After Mr Trump acquired off the telephone with Mr Stone, what did Trump say?”
Gates: “He indicated extra info could be coming.”
To today, we do not know all the small print, as a result of Stone by no means flipped. All we all know is that Stone was in some way coordinating with a hostile international energy because it attacked our election, did so on the express path of the marketing campaign benefitting from that assault, lied to Congress about all the things, after which threatened witnesses who might (and finally did) expose a few of these lies.
And now – having not proven one scintilla of regret and declining to even speak at his sentencing – he awaits his pardon, awarded by the President who was the beneficiary of the crimes. As a result of Donald Trump believes he’s invincible. And he is proper, unless we stop him.