- The Washington Times - Monday, February 10, 2020

Prosecutors Monday asked a federal judge to sentence a longtime Trump campaign official to serve between 7 and 9 years in prison for lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction.

In a filing ahead of Roger Stone’s Feb. 20 sentencing, federal prosecutors said his punishment should fall within sentencing guidelines, which range around that length.

“Stone chose — consciously, repeatedly, and flagrantly — to obstruct and interfere with the search for the truth on an issue of vital importance to all Americans,” Justice Department prosecutors wrote.

In November, jurors found Stone guilty on seven counts brought against him by former special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into Russian election meddling in 2016.

Stone maintained he was innocent of lying to Congress during his 2017 testimony on Russian election interference. He also denied that he tampered with a key witness ahead of the congressional hearing by pressuring him to lie to lawmakers.

Stone was found guilty of lying to the House Intelligence Committee about his efforts to learn more about hacked emails published by WikiLeaks that Russian military officials stole from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign. He was also convicted of witness tampering and obstruction by urging his former associate Randy Credico, to stonewall the committee.

Prosecutors say Stone “knew the gravity of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation when he obstructed it by giving false testimony and tampering with a witness.”

• Jeff Mordock can be reached at jmordock@washingtontimes.com.

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