Roger Stone was found guilty of lying to Congress, witness tampering, obstruction, and his defense, incredibly, can be summarized as “So what?” That would seem stupendous on it’s face, but for the fact that the sitting president is attempting to use the same defense to get out of his own troubles in Ukraine. Washington Post:

Stone’s lawyers conceded that a raft of emails, texts and extensive other documentation showed Stone claiming inside information on WikiLeaks’ releases and wanting to get even more that could be relayed to the Trump campaign. But in its closing, the defense urged jurors to reframe the question from whether Stone lied to whether that issue mattered, asserting that his hectic efforts to get information from WikiLeaks never amounted to anything.

“So much of this case deals with that question that you need to ask . . . so what?” Stone’s lead attorney Bruce S. Rogow asked.

Stone’s defense repeated his position that there was “no collusion” with Russia on the presidential race and thus any of Stone’s misstatements, as his lawyers cast them, about his WikiLeaks pursuits were inconsequential. They portrayed their client as hapless and merely engaging in his usual political chicanery.

The jury didn’t buy the characterization of Stone as merely a merry prankster and not to be taken seriously. Stone’s whitewash that his trial was politically motivated, “Deep State” all that, did not fly. And the right of the Trump campaign to do it’s particular brand of “opposition research” was challenged.

“There was nothing illegal about the campaign being interested in information that WikiLeaks was going to be sending out,” Rogow said.

The attacks prompted a passionate defense from prosecutors — of Mueller’s probe and of the importance of facts.

“If that’s the state of affairs that we’re in, I’m pretty shocked. Truth matters. Truth still matters,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Marando told jurors. “I know we live in a world nowadays with Twitter, tweets, social media where you can find any view, any truth you want.” But in “our institutions of self-governance, to a congressional committee, in our courts of law, truth still matters.”

As you might well expect, this was not glad news to Donald Trump, who reacted totally as the emotional child and micro intellect that he is, no more, no less.

Another Trump jewel, now in the official presidential archive. The man takes the concept of cluelessness to new frontiers, as yet another one of his allies goes to the House of Many Doors. Today the clouds parted, as this verdict was rendered, and the word “truth” rang out. Donald Trump needs to go back and read his Superman comic books. Then he’ll see that truth and justice are the American way — much to his dismay. Trump is also trying to present himself as hapless and without any criminal intent. Maybe he should ask Roger Stone’s lawyers how that particular trial balloon went over?

 

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It takes awhile but the sounds of the thuds when they go down is mighty sweet.