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Roger Stone, Trump's ally, sentenced to 40 months in prison

Federal judge sentenced Donald Trump's ally, Roger Stone, to 40 months in prison on Thursday.

A jury in a federal court in Washington found Stone guilty of witness intimidation, lying to Congress and obstructing a congressional investigation last November.

He was charged in an indictment of seven charges alleging that he lied to lawmakers about WikiLeaks, manipulated witnesses and obstructed an investigation by the Chamber's intelligence committee.

His trial highlighted how Trump's campaign associates were eager to gather information about pirated emails that damaged Hillary Clinton and that were posted by the WikiLeaks anti-secret website.

The period before Stone's sentence has been controversial. The Department of Justice revoked the recommendation of its own prosecutors for Stone's sentence last week, reducing the recommended prison time. The four prosecutors of the Department of Justice involved in the case abandoned him after his recommendation was revoked.

Prosecutors from the Department of Justice had recommended that Stone be sentenced to seven to nine years in prison. Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in court on Thursday that she thought the recommendation was too long to begin and that she probably would not have followed those guidelines, regardless of recent actions by the Department of Justice.

Stone has been a key element in politics for more than a generation. The Republican operative served as one of Trump's attack dogs at the height of the presidential campaign, and the two men were close long before Trump's run in the White House.


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