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Roger Stone convicted of lying under oath
Trump adviser Roger Stone was convicted Friday on seven counts of lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstruction.
Witness tampering carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison; the other counts each carry a sentence of up to five years.
The verdict, announced after two days of deliberation, applies to a September 2017 testimony regarding Stone’s efforts to learn about WikiLeaks’ plans to release emails about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 elections.
Prosecutors accused Stone of lying under oath five time and insisted the lies were designed to protect President Trump’s reputation.
The emails released by Wikileaks (allegedly obtained by Russian hackers) came from an account belonging to former Clinton campaign chair John Podesta.
President Trump claimed Stone was the victim of “a double standard” because Clinton’s allies are certainly guilty of lying as well.
Mr. Podesta celebrated the verdict with a tweet Friday: “Just about to take off on a long transatlantic flight in a middle coast seat. I think I will just sit back, relax, and enjoy it.”
Mr. Stone, who did not speak during the trial, insists the case against him is politically motivated.
Roger Stone is the sixth Trump aide to be convicted in a criminal case as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Cleveland Browns player fired for bashing rival with helmet
Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was “indefinitely” suspended from the NFL this week for attacking another player.
Garrett, 23, tore off Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mason Rudolph’s helmet and smacked him in the face with it during a fight at the end of Thursday night’s game.
Browns safety Damarious Randall had already been removed from the game for a violent helmet-to-helmet bash against Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson.
“Garrett violated unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct rules, as well as fighting, removing the helmet of an opponent, and using the helmet as a weapon,” announced the NFL.
Steelers player Maurkice Pouncey and Browns player Larry Ogunjobi were suspended for three games and one game, respectively, for intervening in the fight with punches and kicks.
Both teams were hit with a $250,000 fine and all suspended players were fined a non-disclosed amount.
Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said they were “extremely disappointed” by the incident.
“We sincerely apologize to Mason Rudolph and the Pittsburg Steelers…Myles Garrett has been a good teammate and member of our organization and community for the last three years, but his actions last night were completely unacceptable.”
After the game, Garrett admitted he made a mistake. “I lost my cool,” he said. “And I regret it. It’s going to come back to hurt our team. The guys who jumped in the little scrum – I appreciate my team having my back, but it should never have gotten to that point. That’s on me.”
Garrett’s suspension begins immediately if the punishment withstands his appeal; he won’t have the opportunity for possible reinstatement in the league until he meets with the commissioner’s office.
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