While a jury deliberated over his fate, Roger Stone -- a confidant of President Donald Trump and longtime GOP operative who is facing felony charges that he lied to Congress -- purportedly sent a message through far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones asking Trump to pardon him if he is convicted.
Stone is being tried in federal court in Washington, D.C., and faces seven charges that he lied to Congress about his dealings with WikiLeaks concerning emails hacked by Russia in the 2016 U.S. presidential election; obstructed an official proceeding; and intimidated a witness, radio host Randy Credico. In making their case, prosecutors have argued that Stone lied to Congress because the truth “would look really bad” for Trump. During the trial, former Trump campaign official Rick Gates testified that Stone had told Trump about a forthcoming release of material from WikiLeaks, contradicting a written answer Trump gave special counsel Robert Mueller during his investigation into 2016 election interference.
As the jury deliberated on November 14, Jones purported to share a message from Stone himself during the broadcast of Infowars’ The Alex Jones Show. Jones said, “Roger Stone’s message is this: He expects to be convicted. He said only a miracle can save him now. … He said to me, ‘Alex, barring a miracle, I appeal to God and I appeal to your listeners for prayer, and I appeal to the president to pardon me because to do so would be an action that would show these corrupt courts that they’re not going to get away with persecuting people for their free speech or for the crime of getting the president elected.’”
Jones went on to promote articles on his Infowars websites that ask people to call the White House and ask for Stone to be pardoned. He then asked, “So will the president listen to his cowardly advisers and not pardon Stone because he believes if he does that that somehow validates the Russia connection? When this man has not been indicted for Russian connection.”
Jones went on to attack the members of the jury, saying, “These libtard jurors know damn well he’s innocent. But they want to sit there and feel all officious and powerful and send him to prison, hoping for some victory against flyover country that they despite so much, that they’re so angry they don’t have control of.” Jones previously tried to out the identities of jurors in the trial, but in each case named someone who wasn’t actually on the jury. In one case, Jones hosted Stone assistant Jacob Engels, who was present at the trial, in an attempt to elicit juror information.
Stone used to host the Infowars show War Room. He largely stopped making appearances when Judge Amy Berman Jackson issued a strict gag order after Stone posted an image on his Instagram account of her “next to an apparent rifle scope's crosshair.” Stone made his first appearance in months on The Alex Jones Show on October 25, prior to the start of his trial, discussing topics unrelated to his case and making flattering comments about Donald Trump Jr. and Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham. The appearance seemingly ended a small falling out with Jones over Stone supposedly sharing “exclusive” information about his case with outlets other than Infowars. Prior to the gag order, Stone described the Infowars platform as “vital” to his criminal defense strategy.