EXPLAINER-Who is Roger Stone and why does he face prison?

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By Jan Wolfe

Feb 19 (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday is scheduled to sentence Roger Stone, a long-time adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, in a criminal case that has roiled the Justice Department and drawn the Republican president’s ire.

Here is a look at Stone’s career, the charges against him and why the case has become a rallying cry for Trump.

WHO IS ROGER STONE?

Stone, 67, is a colorful Republican political operative, known for his high-end wardrobe and tattoo on his back of former President Richard Nixon.

In the 1980s, Stone co-founded a lobbying firm that represented dictators including Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines and Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire. One of his partners in that venture, Paul Manafort, would go…

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