For nearly 50 years, Roger Stone unleashed a torrent of dirty tricks on behalf of President Trump and his other well-connected clients. Now he will serve more than three years in prison, unless the president bails him out.
He embraced the “dark arts” of political sabotage and trickery for decades. Now he will serve more than three years in prison, unless his friend the president bails him out.Roger J. Stone Jr. was sentenced on Thursday to more than three years in prison. Credit... Jesse Dittmar for The New York Times By Michael D. Shear Feb. 20, 2020 WASHINGTON — For nearly 50 years, Roger J. Stone Jr. taunted the political gods of fate, unleashing a torrent of dirty tricks on behalf of President Trump and his other well-connected clients and daring his adversaries to come after him, certain that the pursuit would make him richer and famous. On Thursday, history may have finally caught up with him. But as is often the case with Mr. Stone, there may be an escape clause. In a Washington courtroom, the dapper Republican political consultant — who once declared, “I revel in your hatred, because if I weren’t effective, you wouldn’t hate me” — was sentenced to more than three years in prison for trying to help Mr. Trump dodge accusations that his 2016 campaign conspired with the Russians. Whether Mr. Stone, 67, will actually spend years behind bars may depend on the durability of his long and tumultuous friendship with Mr. Trump, who strongly hinted on Thursday that he might pardon his on-again, off-again adviser. “I’m going to let this process play out,” Mr. Trump said, but he added that “Roger Stone and everybody has to be treated fairly. This has not been a fair process.” “He’s a smart guy,” the president went on. “He’s a little different. But those are sometimes the most interesting.” Interesting, yes. Mr. Stone, who came of age during Richard M. Nixon’s political ascent — and now has a tattoo of Nixon’s face between his shoulder blades — viewed his label of “dirty trickster” as less an insult than as a point of pride. Long before the F.B.I. raided his Florida home last year to accuse him of obstruction and lying, Mr. Stone embraced the power that came with campaign manipulation. In 1972, he posed as a socialist making contributions to the campaign of Nixon’s Republican primary opponent. (He sent a receipt for the donation to a New Hampshire newspaper to create a scandal.) Later, after it became public that Mr. Stone had hired someone to infiltrate the presidential campaign of Senator George McGovern, he was fired from his Capitol Hill job working for Senator Bob Dole. Mr. Stone’s career in the shadows was influenced by his introduction in the late 1970s to Roy Cohn, who was Senator Joseph’s McCarthy red-baiting protégé. Mr. Stone would come to refer to Mr. McCarthy as “a master of public relations,” embracing his bare-knuckle tactics and political dark arts. (Mr. Cohn, Mr. Trump’s longtime lawyer, first introduced Mr. Stone to Mr. Trump.) Inspired by Mr. Cohn’s influence, Mr. Stone adopted rules he would live by for decades: attack, attack, attack. Never defend. Admit nothing, deny everything, counterattack. For the next 20 years, Mr. Stone honed his skills in the raucous politics of a New York dominated by bigger-than-life politicians and the tabloid newspapers that lavishly covered them. Mr. Stone became bigger than life himself, driving Jaguars, wearing flamboyant suits and dishing out delectable quotes. “The key to a good martini is you have to marinate the olives in vermouth first,” he once told The New Yorker, explaining his drink of choice. “Nixon gave me the recipe. He said he got it from Winston Churchill.” It wasn’t always easy to separate Mr. Stone’s boasts from reality. When he was caught leaving a profanity-laced voice message for the father of Eliot Spitzer, then the attorney general in New York, Mr. Stone claimed he couldn’t possibly have placed the call because he was attending the Broadway show “Frost/Nixon” that night. The show wasn’t even playing that evening. In the 1980s, Mr. Stone briefly became part of the Washington establishment when he joined Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman now in prison for financial fraud, to help create the powerhouse Republican consulting firm of Black, Manafort and Stone. An early client was Mr. Trump, then a celebrity real estate mogul in New York. In 1987, Mr. Stone tried to woo Mr. Trump into a race against a possible challenger to Mario Cuomo, the popular Democratic governor of New York, but Mr. Trump said no. The partnership was not always a love affair. Mr. Trump once called Mr. Stone “a stone-cold loser.” For a while, Hillary Clinton became Mr. Stone’s obsession: In 2008, he founded an anti-Clinton group; critics quickly noticed that the first letters of the group’s four-word name detailed a crude epithet. In the run-up to the 2012 campaign, it was Mr. Trump who was on Mr. Stone’s mind as Mr. Trump toyed with and then rejected the idea of challenging Barack Obama for the presidency. Four years later, in 2015, Mr. Stone was again among the handful of advisers who told Mr. Trump that if he wanted the White House, 2016 was probably his last chance. He served as a consultant for a few months on the campaign, but when Mr. Trump concluded that Mr. Stone was more interested in promoting himself, he was out. “I terminated Roger Stone last night because he no longer serves a useful function for my campaign,” Mr. Trump told The Washington Post at the time. Later, in a tweet, Mr. Stone disputed Mr. Trump’s assertion that he was fired. “I fired Trump,” he wrote. But if he was no longer on the inside, Mr. Stone was determined to not be completely out of Mr. Trump’s orbit. In the final months of the 2016 campaign, Mr. Stone sought to obtain information about emails that had been stolen by Russia from the computers of the Democratic National Committee and ended up in the possession of WikiLeaks. The emails released by the website helped damage Mrs. Clinton’s campaign. It was Mr. Stone’s involvement in that affair that set the stage for his final downfall. Prosecutors proved to a jury that he had lied to investigators under oath and tried to block the testimony of another witness — an effort for which a federal judge on Thursday said he should spend 40 months in prison. Or perhaps not. Just hours later, Mr. Trump appeared before a group that helps former convicts re-enter society. He repeatedly defended Mr. Stone, calling him a “good person” and lashing out at the forewoman of the jury that convicted him, accusing her of being politically biased against him. For a moment, it seemed as if Mr. Trump might use the opportunity to pardon Mr. Stone on the spot. He did not. But he left little doubt that he viewed Mr. Stone as someone who shared the same grievances that Mr. Trump has nursed since the early days of his presidency. “We will watch the process and watch it very closely,” Mr. Trump told the audience of former convicts. “And at some point I will make a determination.” Advertisement Read more: The New York Times
Sounds like if you don't get me released I will tell all. When your President sells his soul to the Devil to win 2016. Are we really that surprised he NEVER does the right thing. He twists the truth...believe the opposite So-called newspaper aka LiberlHack illustrates saying 'liberalism is a mental disorder'. 50 yrs ago Trump was a college student probably concerned with usual college days 'stuff'--parties, girls, etc. WAITING , WAITING for RadicalLeftDem party to be charged/tried for Coup !!
LAObserved I kind of started liking him after the movie Get Me Roger Stone Trump's been president for 50 years? JoshMankiewicz ONLY three years. If that. 🎩 “dirty tricks”? he may look like a cartoon character, but no, his activity is criminal FreeRogerStone Three years is nothing in Club Fed
Stone sentencing to go ahead amid pardon speculation Roger Stone , a longtime friend of President Donald Trump, lost his bid to delay his sentencing amid speculation that Trump might pardon him Weird how Trump has so many convicted criminals as close friend..the company you keep... amid speculation ? Good.
Make a gangster 's movie of his. That's the new your slimes Paper of record in the toilet forever now God bless president trump for exposing them to the america pubic finally marklevinshow SaraCarterDC realDonaldTrump TheMrs2Q2Q Oh so now we’re going to say trump and stone has been connected for 50 years. Bullshit!!
The sociopath usurping our WH will pardon him- he will never see prison pardon because the cheeto is KING welcome to the Banana Republics, america... sick fuck Put him in Max Security in regular population. Quit giving these losers pampering. I would genuinely LOVE to see Roger Stone spend every second of his sentence behind bars. Maybe that might knock that shit eating grin off his face. Unfortunately, his fellow criminal buddy Trump will violate another law & pardon him.
And people criticized Obama for wearing a khaki suit? Stone looks like he’s trying out for the role of The Joker. Trump needs him for his re-election run !! he ain't going any where !!
Trump adviser Roger Stone faces judge who will sentence himPresident Trump's long-time adviser Roger Stone arrived at a federal courthouse in Washington, D.C. to the shouts of ‘traitor’ from onlookers. Stone is set to be sentenced after being convicted on charges including lying to a congressional panel Not sure the guy with the placard has thought through his marketing strategy. Cue The Godfather Theme The leaders of the witch-hunt are all guilty of what Roger Stone has been found guilty of, btw PardonRogerStone
ABC News @ABC.ABC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT: Longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone sentenced amid pardon speculation. That’s Awesome he shouldn’t do any jail time Standby for the Meathead post saying an injustice and the President is a criminal. Reiners usual BS. The 'lock her up!!' Trumpanzies are currently having meltdowns because of this. Trump is currently being told not to do anything until after he bombs California. Then at midnight that day, pardon him. No one will know. Watch...
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Trump friend Roger Stone is set to be sentenced. Here's what you need to knowPresident Donald Trump has criticized the case against Republican operative Roger Stone , who lied to Congress about his contacts with Trump's campaign related to WikiLeaks. I hope he rots in jail for the rest of natural life for what he did. Trump probBly pardons him in a few weeks At least he looks like a crook
Trump ally Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison: Live updates Roger Stone , a longtime friend and campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, faces sentencing Thursday morning for lying to Congress. Might Trump pardon him? 'This prosecution did not arise because Mr. Stone was being pursued by his political enemies,' Judge Jackson said, adding the government's case came about because he 'injected himself smack in the center of one of the most significant issues of the day.' CeciliaVega Guys, don’t forget to vote!!! Unless, you’re voting for trump y’all can forget!! walk free if the Dems 😳