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A Brief History of Roger Stone

The Republican operative and self-described “dirty trickster” 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 there’s one quality that’s defined his long career in politics, it’s that he’s prone to scandal of his own making.

Enter Robert Mueller. On Friday morning, the special counsel indicted the former lobbyist and longtime Donald Trump ally, charging that he lied to Congress and obstructed the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Though the criminal charges are 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 on the campaign of George McGovern, the Democratic presidential nominee.

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