Judge Finds No Evidence Roger Stone was Indicted for Political Reasons
A federal judge in Washington DC rejected Roger Stone’s request to dismiss the case. Stone was indicted earlier this year on charges of obstructing a Congressional investigation and witness tampering. Stone claims the charges are brought because of his role as a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that motions filed by Stone’s defense lawyers were entirely absent of any evidence that Stone was singled out as an act of political retribution because of his support for President Trump.
A grand jury in Washington indicted Stone in January at the request of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
In her ruling, Jackson wrote, “Based on the allegations in the indictment which are summed to be true for the purposes of these motions, it is fair to say that Roger Stone has no one but himself to blame for the fact that he was investigated by the Department of Justice.”
Jackson also noted that if Mueller was engaged in a political vendetta, charges would probably have been brought against people caught up in the investigation who were closer to Trump than Stone.
The case was initially brought by the Special Counsel’s office, but now being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington DC. Stone is set to commence trial on November 5, 2019.
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