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A Brief History of Roger Stone

The GOP operative and self-described “dirty trickster,” who was convicted today, has been a presence in the president’s life for more than 30 years.
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Roger Stone, the famed political consultant, seems to have played a role in every major conservative moment in the past half century. And if one quality has defined his long career in politics, it’s that he’s prone to scandal of his own making.

Enter the Russia investigation. Today, Stone was found guilty of lying to the House Intelligence Committee and trying to obstruct its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Though the criminal conviction is a first for Stone, he’s used to controversy: One of the pioneers of opposition research, the self-described “dirty trickster” and Richard Nixon acolyte has built his reputation on a combative, conspiracy-theory-laden brand of politics. Here, a brief history of Stone’s political mischief-making:

[Read: Decades of dirty tricks finally catch up to Roger Stone]

1972: Stone joins the Committee to Re-elect the President

Stone got his start in politics at the tender age of 19, when, as a campaign aide for President Richard Nixon’s on the campaign of George McGovern, the Democratic presidential nominee.

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