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The United States sues Trump ally Roger Stone accusing him of owing about $ 2 million in unpaid taxes

© Reuters. Former Trump Stone campaign adviser leaves US District Court after a pre-trial hearing in Washington

By Jan Wolfe and Brad Heath

(Reuters) – The US Justice Department on Friday sued Roger Stone, saying that former President Donald Trump’s close ally Donald Trump owes about $ 2 million in unpaid federal income tax, according to a court document said by Reuters.

The civil lawsuit, filed in federal court in Florida, accuses Stone and his wife, Nydia, of using a commercial organization to “shield their personal income from enforcement. and sponsoring lavish lifestyles despite debt of nearly $ 2 million in unpaid taxes, interest and fines. ” . “

Stone said his tax bill had been known to the public for years and called the lavish lifestyle claims “a ridiculous joke”.

“Here’s another example of Democrats weaponizing the Justice Department to violate the law. I will fight these politically motivated allegations and I will prevail again.” Stone said in a statement.

Stone, 68, is a colorful Republican political agent best known for his luxury wardrobe and tattoo on former President Richard Nixon’s back.

Stone advised Trump as the wealthy real estate developer joked about running for president in 2000 and briefly worked on Trump’s successful 2016 campaign.

Stone has been indicted by Robert Mueller, a former special adviser tasked with investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. Mueller’s investigation, which Trump calls a “witch hunt”, has resulting in 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 of seven counts of lying to Congress, obstructing justice, and tampering with witnesses. At the trial, prosecutors said Stone had told five different lies to lawmakers on the US House Intelligence Committee about his connections to the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks.

Trump gave Stone the presidential pardon in December, wiping out the criminal record. Trump had previously reduced Stone’s sentence, allowing him to avoid a prison sentence.

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