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Jury set to begin deliberating in Stone trial

Jury set to begin deliberating in Stone trial

by HARPER NEIDIG -The Hill  |  Published on November 14, 2019

The jury in Roger Stone’s criminal trial is set to begin deliberating after hearing closing arguments from federal prosecutors and the right-wing political operative’s defense team on Wednesday.

The two sides traded closing shots in the trial over whether Stone lied to lawmakers about his communications with the Trump campaign as well as those he saw as back channels to WikiLeaks in 2016.

On Thursday morning, after a weeklong trial, the judge will deliver jury instructions and deliberations will begin.

Stone, a longtime associate of President Trump, had painted himself during the campaign as having an intermediary who was feeding him advanced information from WikiLeaks and its leader, Julian Assange, about its plans to release emails that were hacked from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.

In its closing argument, the prosecution presented to the jury clips from Stone’s September 2017 testimony before the House Intelligence Committee that it said were lies aimed at protecting Trump. The committee at the time was investigating Russia’s efforts to influence the outcome of the election.

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