Prosecutors have characterized the former Trump’s adviser as a liar.
In Federal court in Washington, the opening statements of the parties in the case of a former adviser to President Donald Trump Roger Stone, who was charged with criminal charges as a result of the investigation into Russian interference in the election, began.
Stone, 67, has pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice, witness manipulation and perjury to the House Intelligence Committee.
Prosecutors in their opening remarks characterized stone as a liar. “You ask why Roger stone doesn’t just tell the truth? Prosecutor Aaron Zielinski told the jury. “The evidence, in this case, will show that Roger Stone lied to the House Intelligence Committee because the truth was unsightly.”
“The truth was disadvantageous to Trump’s campaign staff and Donald Trump,” the Prosecutor added.
Zielinski also assured the jury that the case is not about politics or who hacked into the Democratic National Committee’s computer systems.
The defense will have an opportunity to speak after the prosecution completes its statement.
Opening statements began after 12 jurors were selected. Many of the potential jurors questioned by the judge, prosecutors, and lawyers during the selection process expressed negative attitudes toward Trump. Judge Amy Berman Jackson said a negative attitude toward the President or the work of the government could not be grounds for disqualifying witnesses unless they believed it would affect their ability to evaluate impartially the material presented.