By Cami Toronto, Communications —
Roger Stone, a former advisor to President Trump, was found guilty on Nov. 15 of five counts of lying to Congress, one of witness tampering and one of obstructing a congressional committee proceeding in a court investigating his involvement with the Trump campaign during the 2016 elections. Stone was originally indicted in January as part of Mueller’s investigation into Russian actions during the 2016 campaign.
The jury unanimously found Stone as guilty of all charges, and his sentence will be announced Feb. 6.
But here’s a really interesting point of this story: In his closing argument, Prosecutor Michael Marando focused on a phrase in the defense’s closing remarks: “So what?” Marando remarked to the jury. “So what? … Well, if that’s the state of affairs that we’re in, I’m pretty shocked. Truth matters… I know we live in a world nowadays with Twitter, tweets, social media, where you can find any view, any political view you want. … However, in our institutions of self-governance, courts of law or committee hearings, where people under oath have to testify, truth still matters.”
With highly partisan accusations continually flying back and forth, many still wonder if “truth still matters” in this nation. Shortly after the jury delivered its verdict, Trump tweeted: “So they now convict Roger Stone of lying and want to jail him for many years to come. Well, what about Crooked Hillary, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Shifty Schiff, Ohr & Nellie, Steele & all of the others, including even Mueller himself? Didn’t they lie?” The President continued, asking if this was nothing more than “… A double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country?”
Just how much does the truth matter to us? Do we, the American people, prioritize truth, or has it lost its importance in our modern world?
At Converus, a tech company at the forefront of the world’s most modern credibility assessment tools, the truth is everything. EyeDetect, a lie detection technology that assesses the trustworthiness and personal integrity of individuals by measuring involuntary eye behavior during an automated true/false test, would be the ideal way to help the American public separate the truth from lies. In just 15 minutes, EyeDetect’s investigative test can determine the innocence or guilt on any and all political players — on both sides of the aisle. It can even be used on reporters and their sources to determine if they’re merely advancing their own political agenda/opinion or actually reporting verified facts.
If truth really does matter, then the U.S. government and federal courts should use EyeDetect to help validate truth and expose lies. (Note: The Employee Polygraph Protection Act prohibits using lie detectors like EyeDetect in private companies in the U.S. However, U.S. federal, state and municipal government employees or contractors may be tested.)