In his opening statement, federal prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky told the jury that Roger Stone lied to Congress because “the truth looked bad for Donald Trump.”
“The evidence in this case will show Roger Stone lied to the House Intelligence Committee because the truth looked bad for the Trump campaign, and the truth looked bad for Donald Trump,” prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky told the jury of nine women and three men at the federal courthouse in Washington.The Washington Post:
Stone’s trial represents the last case filed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in his probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, and prosecutors wasted little time tying Stone’s alleged crimes to the interests of the Trump campaign.
Zelinsky said that on the evening of June 14, 2016 — the day the Democratic National Committee announced its computer system had been hacked — Stone called then-candidate Trump. In late July, after the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks had begun releasing hacked DNC material, Stone again called Trump, for a 10-minute call.