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Roger Stone Gets Fresh Prison Delay Over Pandemic Concerns (1)

May 30, 2020, 1:36 AM

President Donald Trump’s longtime ally Roger Stone, convicted of lying to Congress and tampering with a witness during the Russia investigation, is getting another month of freedom due to the pandemic.

Stone on Friday said his deadline to surrender to the federal Bureau of Prisons this week was moved to June 30 because of the outbreak, which can spread quickly behind bars. It’s the second time Stone’s surrender date has been delayed over the crisis, which has claimed more than 100,000 lives in the U.S.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced the Republican operative in February to three years and four months in prison. Stone, 67, has appealed his conviction and accused the judge of being unfair.

Roger Stone arrives at federal court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Feb. 20.
Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

“I continue to maintain my innocence of these fabricated and politically motivated charges and my conviction in a flawed trial with a biased judge, a corrupted jury and an unconstitutional gag order,” Stone said in an email.

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Jackson, frequently attacked by Trump on Twitter, denied Stone’s request for a new trial last month, rejecting his claim that the jury foreperson was dishonest and politically biased. The judge said the evidence of Stone’s guilt was overwhelming, including his own text messages and emails.

Stone was accused of lying to protect Trump during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 22-month Russia investigation. He was the last person charged in the probe. The trial included evidence that Trump knew about WikiLeaks’ plans to release hacked emails damaging to his rival, Hillary Clinton.

Stone said in a May 25 brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington that he’d seek review of Jackson’s rulings that barred him from raising at trial his claims of misconduct by Mueller and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as evidence he says would show WikiLeaks didn’t receive stolen Democratic emails from Russia.

“My lawyers believe that the anti-Roger Stone social-media postings on both Twitter and Facebook in 2019, beginning on the day of my arrest, postings that were unavailable before and during my trial because of privacy settings -- are more than sufficient to demonstrate the bias of the jury forewoman,” Stone said in the email.

Jackson had rejected Stone’s claim that the forewoman was dishonest and politically biased, calling it “a tower of indignation” that “at the end of the day, there is little of substance holding it up.”

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(Updates with additional comment from Stone)

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Erik Larson in New York at elarson4@bloomberg.net

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David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net

Peter Jeffrey, Joe Schneider

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