Roger Stone — a longtime ally to both President Donald Trump and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones — was convicted on November 15, 2019 on seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering, and lying to Congress.
The 67-year-old self-proclaimed “dirty trickster,” a former campaign advisor to the president, is the latest of his associates to be convicted. He joins Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney; former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn; Rick Gates, a former aide to Trump’s campaign; campaign chair Paul Manafort; and George Papadopoulos, the foreign policy advisor once described as a “coffee boy” by other Trump allies.
According to Reuters, Stone was put on trial after being charged by special counsel Robert Mueller with lying to House lawmakers as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Even before the jury reached its verdict, though, Stone allegedly asked Trump for a pardon in an appearance on Jones’ radio show.
“He said to me, ‘Alex, barring a miracle, I appeal to God and I appeal to your listeners for prayer, and I appeal to the president to pardon me,'” Jones claimed. “Because to do so would be an action that would show these corrupt courts that they’re not going to get away with persecuting people for their free speech or for the crime of getting the president elected.”
Jones — who himself has lost several court proceedings concerning his repeated false claims surrounding the Sandy Hook school shooting of 2012 — has also repeatedly threatened to reveal the identities of the jurors at Stone’s trial.