Prosecutors ask to air clip from 'The Godfather Part II' during Roger Stone trial

Prosecutors ask to air clip from 'The Godfather Part II' during Roger Stone trial
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Government prosecutors filed a motion Friday to get permission to show a clip from “The Godfather Part II” during the trial for Trump associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneGates sentencing set for next month The Hill's 12:30 Report: Former Ukraine envoy offers dramatic testimony Trump bemoans 'double standard' in Stone conviction MORE.

The roughly 4 1/2 minute scene, the prosecutors say, is one that Stone referenced in conversations that allegedly constituted witness tampering, according to court documents.

Stone, an associate of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE and a longtime GOP operative, was indicted in January by former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE on charges of impeding a congressional investigation, lying to Congress and witness tampering. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and will stand trial in November.

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“The relevant scene is important context for understanding Stone’s references — including what Stone intended to communicate to the witness and how Stone would have understood the witness’s likely understanding of those messages,” the motion says.

In the scene, character Frank Pentangeli, an associate of organized crime head Michael Corleone, comes to testify before a congressional committee that’s investigating organized crime.

But he changes his mind and denies knowing anything after Corleone makes an appearance in the room. 

 

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The Jan. 24 indictment alleges Stone sought stolen emails from WikiLeaks that could damage former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy 'Too Far Left' hashtag trends on Twitter Resistance or unhinged behavior? Partisan hatred reaches Trump's family MORE in the 2016 presidential election.

The indictment also notes that Stone told an unidentified associate known as “Person 2” that they “should do a ‘Frank Pentangeli’ ” before the House Intelligence Committee to “avoid contradicting Stone’s testimony,” according to a copy of the January court filing.

“Frank Pentangeli is a character in the film ‘The Godfather Part II,’ which both Stone and Person 2 had discussed, who testifies before a congressional committee and in that testimony claims not to know critical information that he does in fact know,” the January indictment says.

“To be sure, the scene depicted in the clip is dramatic, and it bears a similarity to some of the facts in this case — a witness in a congressional investigation pressured to give false testimony to scuttle a potential perjury referral,” the new motion states. “But that is not prejudicial or confusing — it is what explains Stone’s references to the scene.”