Thursday, February 13, 2020

Here’s What The Lead Roger Stone Juror Said During Jury Selection

When Tomeka Hart was interviewed during the jury selection process as part of the Roger Stone trial, the former Democratic congressional candidate said she was generally aware of developments in the Russia investigation, but that she didn’t “pay that close attention” to the probe. She also insisted that Stone’s affiliation with President Donald Trump would “absolutely not” color her views of the longtime Trump confidante, according to a copy of a court transcript obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. But Hart’s social media record, which emerged Wednesday after she came forward as the foreperson on Stone’s jury, paints a different picture. Hart’s Twitter account shows that she tweeted frequently about developments in the special counsel’s investigation, typically stories that were negative for Trump. She was also intensely critical of Trump and his followers. In one Aug. 19, 2017 post, Hart referred to Trump as the “#KlanPresident,” an apparent reference to the Ku Klux Klan. In another, Hart asserted that all Trump supporters are racist. Months later, Hart would find herself leading a jury weighing a case against one Trump’s staunchest defenders: Stone. The GOP operative, who has known Trump for four decades, is widely credited with coaxing him to run for president.Hart outed herself as the lead Stone juror in a Facebook post Wednesday expressing support for four prosecutors who withdrew from the case after the Justice Department revised a proposal that Stone serve up to nine years in prison. The new proposal still calls for “substantial” prison time for the 67-year-old Stone, but said that it should be “far less” than the 87-108 month recommendation.;;;MORE

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