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U.S. sues Trump ally Roger Stone, alleging he owes about $2 million in unpaid taxes

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© Reuters. Former Trump campaign adviser Stone departs U.S. District Court following pre-trial hearing in Washington

By Jan Wolfe and Brad Heath

(Reuters) -The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday sued Roger Stone, saying the close ally of former President Donald Trump owes about $2 million in unpaid federal income taxes, according to a court document seen by Reuters.

The civil lawsuit, filed in federal court in Florida, alleged that Stone and his wife, Nydia, used a commercial entity to "shield their personal income from enforced collection and fund a lavish lifestyle despite owing nearly $2 million in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties."

Stone said his tax bill has been public knowledge for years and called claims of a lavish lifestyle "a laughable joke."

"This is yet another example of the Democrats weaponizing the Justice Department in violation of the rule of law. I will fight these politically motivated charges and I will prevail again," Stone said in a statement.

Stone, 68, is a colorful Republican political operative, known for his high-end wardrobe and tattoo on his back of former President Richard Nixon.

Stone advised Trump when the wealthy real estate developer toyed with running for president in 2000 and briefly worked on Trump’s successful 2016 campaign.

Stone was indicted by Robert Mueller, the former special counsel tasked with investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. Mueller’s investigation, which Trump called a “witch hunt,” led to criminal charges against dozens of people, including Trump associates such as political strategist Paul Manafort and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

A federal jury in Washington convicted Stone on seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction of justice and witness tampering. At trial, prosecutors said Stone told five different lies to lawmakers on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee about his contacts with the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks.

Trump granted Stone a presidential pardon in December, wiping away the criminal conviction. Trump had previously commuted Stone's sentence, allowing him to avoid a prison sentence.

U.S. sues Trump ally Roger Stone, alleging he owes about $2 million in unpaid taxes
 

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Mike Njagi
Mike Njagi Apr 20, 2021 1:22PM ET
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my money
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Apr 19, 2021 12:33AM ET
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What about Clinton and Biden?
Suzie Whalen
Suzie Whalen Apr 17, 2021 8:44PM ET
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𝚑𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐮𝐞? 𝘄𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐞𝐛𝐭𝐬 𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥? 𝘄𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐨 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭, 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭? 𝘁𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞. 𝘁𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐩𝐩 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐦𝐬. 𝚑𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐤:𝖺𝖽𝖾𝗂𝖽𝗄𝖺.𝗍𝗄
Jonathan Duckett
Jonathan Duckett Apr 17, 2021 7:56PM ET
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𝚑𝚘𝚠 𝚍𝚘𝚎𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚏𝚎𝚎𝚕 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚖𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚢 𝚒𝚜 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚊𝚗 𝚒𝚜𝚜𝚞𝚎? 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚒𝚜 𝚒𝚝 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚋𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚍𝚎𝚋𝚝𝚜 𝚙𝚊𝚒𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝚏𝚞𝚕𝚕? 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚍𝚘 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝, 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝? 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚗𝚘 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚠𝚘𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚢𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎. 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚊𝚙𝚙 𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚛𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚊𝚛𝚢 𝚙𝚎𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚎 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚒𝚛𝚎𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚑𝚎𝚕𝚙𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚖 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚢𝚕𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚒𝚛 𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚖𝚜. 𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚔:𝗎𝗃𝖾𝗃𝗌𝖼𝖺.𝗆𝗅
President Xi Jinping
President Xi Jinping Apr 17, 2021 4:38PM ET
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Lock him up
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Apr 17, 2021 12:10PM ET
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Where is Hunter?!
Rick Baier
Rick Baier Apr 17, 2021 7:54AM ET
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I say go after him. Right after Al Sharpton for the 10 million in back taxes he owes as well.
President Xi Jinping
President Xi Jinping Apr 17, 2021 7:36AM ET
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After being forgiven for his crimes roger stone helped incite the inserection of the capital. He is a traitor to the country
danny Levine
danny Levine Apr 17, 2021 7:36AM ET
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LOL
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Apr 17, 2021 7:08AM ET
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This is all to focus attention away from sniffer Biden and son(including their lack tax dealings)Reuters are really shaming the name of journalists
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Apr 17, 2021 5:54AM ET
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There you go. Donald J Trump the crime boss pardoning federal criminals of USA, a man who committed crimes against society. And get this, nearly 50% of dozey Americans, incompetent voters who apparently can't tell right from wrong attempted to vote for DJ Trump. Ridiculous. Yep, this were the Americans of November 2020. -- The Fed better levy millions of dollars of penalties alone against this fraudster to bring the message across that crime must not pay, by way of 150% of perceived benefits obtained and re-assessed as penalties, plus interest. -- When will dozey Americans awaken to REALITY?
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Apr 17, 2021 5:54AM ET
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You like milk?
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Apr 16, 2021 7:22PM ET
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And this is making the news on an investments website because...?
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Apr 16, 2021 7:22PM ET
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... because Americans like YOU are not getting the message that crime must not pay, and YOU BETTER SMARTEN UP AND LEARN ABOUT RIGHT AND WRONG so you can make better decisions for America now and into the next election. The non-USA world is sick and tired of your lame actions and improperly baked POTUSes messing up the future of the world with incompetent decisions.
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Apr 16, 2021 7:22PM ET
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Chris Sundo Wow.. are you a 5th grader...? that has got to be the least mature, retrograde and uninformed piece of info i've encountered in here for the past year or so... it's like discussing string theory with a 4yo... I suggest you go study the basics of politics and geopolitics, and it's correlation with financial interests, propaganda and corruption. Crime does not pay? ... oh boy you're you live in a fantasy world... Where is Hunter?!
Darryl Allen
Darryl Allen Apr 16, 2021 7:22PM ET
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someone's mad the U.S. stopped giving them handouts
 
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