A judge orders the longtime Trump ally to serve 40 months in prison for his conviction on seven charges of obstruction, lying to Congress and witness tampering
US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson is addressing Roger Stone during his sentencing hearing — and she’s doing all the way back to the very beginning of Stone’s case.
In her remarks, Jackson referenced 2016 when Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee. At the time, Stone was writing to his associate Jerome Corsi, saying, “Get to Assange,” referring to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The judge highlighted Stone reaching out to Paul Manafort, saying he had an idea, to “save Trump’s ass.”
Stone, she said, made a statement about Assange, claiming he was in communication, and had a backchannel. At the time, Stone “was communicating with senior members of the Trump campaign,” including Rick Gates and Steve Bannon, Jackson noted.
Jackson then summarized the House inquiry, including statements by Rep. Devin Nunes at the time as how it was looking at Russian influence in the election. The judge zeroed in on what Stone told the House committee on Sept. 26, 2017. Jackson said Stone claimed he only had one intermediary, letting them know it was Randy Credico.
“It was all false,” Jackson said, noting that Stone then pressured Credico not to testify.
“That was why he was indicted, not for his political activities,” she said. “The notion that this case rises and falls on whether Russia interference has been proven” or whether Russia hacked the DNC computers “is also false.”
During Jackson’s remarks, Stone, wearing a navy, double breasted suit with a light blue shirt and matching blue tie, stood with his three lawyers, his hands in his pockets, slightly slouching. He shifted his weight as he listened. His three lawyers barely moved.