Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence US President Donald Trump’s confidant Roger Stone to serve between seven and nine years in prison after his conviction for witness tampering and obstruction.
Stone, who is to be sentenced next week, was convicted in November of a seven-count indictment that accused him of lying to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign co-ordinated with Russia to tip the 2016 election.
He was the sixth Trump aide or adviser to be convicted of charges brought as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Stone has denied wrongdoing and consistently criticised the case against him as politically motivated. He did not give evidence during the trial and his lawyers did not call any witnesses in his defence.
The evidence presented in the trial did not directly address Mr Mueller’s conclusion that there was insufficient evidence to prove a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to tip the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in Mr Trump’s favour.
But it provided new insight into the scramble inside the Trump campaign when it was revealed in July 2016 that the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks had more than 19,000 emails hacked from the servers of the Democratic National Committee.
Witnesses in the case testified that the Trump campaign viewed Stone as an “access point” to WikiLeaks and tried to use him to get advance word about hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton.
Prosecutors alleged Stone lied to Congress about his conversations about WikiLeaks with New York radio host and comedian Randy Credico, who interviewed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2016.
Stone told Congress that Mr Credico was his contact with Assange, and later pressured the comedian not to contradict his testimony.
Prosecutors also said Stone threatened Mr Credico’s therapy dog, saying he was “going to take that dog away from you”.