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Roger Stone’s Indictment Proves the House Republicans’ Russia Investigation Was a Whitewash

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26.01.2019

Former Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone was indicted on Friday on seven criminal counts of attempting to obstruct investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Five of those counts involved Stone’s alleged lying in testimony to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) as part of its probe into Russia.

The special counsel’s office showed how Stone repeatedly misled the committee in an alleged effort to cover up his contacts with Wikileaks, which the Republican majority of the HPSCI identified in its final report as a Russian “proxy” that released Democratic emails that had been stolen by Russia in an effort to influence the 2016 election.

That heavily partisan Congressional investigation—led by Republican Reps. Devin Nunes, Mike Conaway, and former Rep. Trey Gowdy—covered a wide range of topics including the Trump campaign’s “involvement in or knowledge about the publication of stolen emails.” It also covered the actions of anyone officially affiliated with the campaign along with the actions of anyone unofficially affiliated with the campaign, defined as including “wannabes,” “hangers-on,” and “people who represented themselves as being part of the campaign.” Stone clearly fits into at least one of those categories.

Based on the committee’s questioning of him and others, the Republican majority released a 243-page final report announcing it had reached a broad........

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