Federal prosecutors for the second time at Roger Stone’s trial highlighted the volume of conversations Stone had with then-candidate Donald Trump and other top officials from his campaign throughout 2016. Prosecutors have attempted to paint a detailed image of who Stone spoke to and when, as the first witness, a former FBI agent who worked on the Stone case, wraps up her testimony.
Stone is on trial in Washington for charges that include lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing justice in a case that stems from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Stone has denied all wrongdoing. During the Thursday morning proceedings, prosecutors showed line charts illustrating the contacts between Stone and top Trump campaign officials, and his associate Randy Credico, a witness in Mueller’s investigation.
Rolling Stone reports:
On day one of the trial, prosecutors dropped a bombshell, presenting call records showing that Trump and Stone spoke on the phone regularly as the WikiLeaks email-dump saga evolved, including on the day the DNC announced it had been hacked.
Federal prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky stopped short of arguing Trump directed Stone’s activity, but the government alleged Stone’s criminal cover-up was perpetrated on behalf of the now-President.
“Evidence will show Roger Stone lied to the House Intelligence Committee because the truth looked bad,” Zelinsky told jurors. “The truth looked bad for the Trump campaign and the truth looked bad for Donald Trump.”