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Trump may be guilty of witness tampering after Roger Stone tweet

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Longtime
Donald Trump associate Roger Stone arrives to testify before the
House Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 26,
2017, in Washington.

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  • President Donald Trump on Monday was accused of violating a
    law against witness tampering after a controversial tweet about
    his former campaign chairman Roger Stone.
  • Stone over the weekend said he would “never” testify against
    the president as part of Robert Mueller’s investigation into
    Russian election interference and the Trump campaign’s alleged
    collusion.
  • Trump applauded Stone for his statements in a tweet and said
    it’s “nice to know that some people still have
    ‘guts!'” 
  • George Conway, a conservative attorney and husband to one of
    Trump’s top advisers, suggested Trump’s tweet violated a statute
    against witness tampering. 

President Donald Trump on Monday was accused of violating a law
against witness tampering after a controversial tweet about his
former campaign chairman Roger Stone.

Stone over the weekend said he would
“never” testify against the president
as part of Robert
Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference and
the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion.

Speaking with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Stone said,
Generally speaking in politics you avoid
hypothetical questions. That said, there’s no circumstance under
which I would testify against the president because I’d have to
bear false witness against him. I’d have to make things up, and
I’m not going to do that.” 

Trump in a Monday
tweet
applauded Stone for not willing to be “forced by a
rogue and out of control prosecutor” to “make up lies and
stories” about the president. He added that it was “nice to know
that some people still have ‘guts!'” 

The president was seemingly suggesting people who cooperate
with the Mueller investigation, which is spearheaded by the
Department of Justice, lack fortitude and loyalty. 

George Conway, a conservative attorney who also happens to
be the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway,

retweeted Trump and said
“File under ’18 U.S.C. §§ 1503,
1512.'”

Conway was referencing a law
against any corrupt or forceful attempts to “influence,
intimidate, or impede any grand or petit juror, or officer in or
of any court of the United States, or officer who may be serving
at any examination or other proceeding before any United States
magistrate judge or other committing magistrate, in the discharge
of his duty.” Simply put, this is a statute against obstruction
of justice. 

He also referenced a statute against witness tampering,
which makes it illegal to attempt to intimidate or persuade
witnesses, informants, or victims in order to prevent or
influence their testimony in an official proceeding. 


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Neal Katyal, the former acting solicitor general of the US
under the Obama administration, appeared to agree with Conway’s
assessment. 

“George is right. This is genuinely looking like witness
tampering,” Katyal
tweeted on Monday

Katyal said that the Department of Justice “prosecutes
cases like these all the time.”

“The fact it’s done out in the open is no defense,” Katyal
added. “Trump is genuinely melting down, and no good lawyer can
represent him under these [circumstances].”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request
for comment from INSIDER.

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