Roger Stone Jr., the Republican political consultant who for years portrayed himself as the dirty trickster of American politics, is being sentenced Thursday morning for obstructing a congressional inquiry in a bid to protect President Trump, The New York Times reports.
The case against Stone, 67, a longtime friend of Trump’s, has become a cause célèbre among the president’s supporters. Trump has attacked the prosecutors, the jury forewoman and the federal judge overseeing the trial, casting his former campaign adviser as the victim of a vendetta by law enforcement. Stone was convicted in November of lying to investigators under oath and trying to block the testimony of a witness who would have exposed his lies to the House Intelligence Committee. At the time, the panel was investigating whether Trump’s campaign conspired with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election. His sentencing is playing out amid extraordinary upheaval at the Justice Department and a virtual standoff between the president and Attorney General William P. Barr over Trump’s comments about the case.