The Biden administration files a complaint against a former Trump collaborator for tax evasion. He is accused along with his wife of not paying almost two million dollars in taxes.
The United States Department of Justice has sued Roger Stone , a Republican strategist and former collaborator of former President Donald Trump, for evading close to $ 2 million in taxes , NBC reported Friday.
The lawsuit, also directed against Stone’s wife, accuses the couple of failing to pay $ 1,590,361 in income taxes between 2007 and 2011 and another $ 407,036 in 2018. The Justice Department filed the lawsuit in a Fort Court. Lauderdele, in Florida, where the strategist resides.
Stone, 68, was sentenced in February 2020 to 40 months in prison for the crimes of lying to Congress, obstruction and manipulation of witnesses in the framework of the investigation into the so-called Russian plot.
The Republican strategist, however, never entered prison thanks to the help provided by Trump, who first commuted his sentence and then, days before leaving power, pardoned him along with dozens of other people.
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Stone had been convicted after weeks of infighting within the Justice Department and former Attorney General William Barr issuing a recommendation urging a lowering of the initial request for punishment.
That prompted several prosecutors handling the case to resign and denounce pressure from senior Justice Department officials to treat Stone “differently and more leniently” during his trial because of his relationship with Trump.
Characterized by his provocative style, Stone is a veteran Republican political adviser whose clients included former Presidents Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) and Richard Nixon (1969-1974) and whose favorite slogan is: “Admit nothing, deny everything, and launch a counterattack”. Stone, who advised Trump for years and worked until August 2015 on his first election campaign, was arrested by the FBI in January 2019 at his residence in Fort Lauderdale.