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Trump Hailed Roger Stone for Standing Up to Mueller. Some Legal Experts Called It Witness Tampering

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    This May 22, 2017, file photo shows Roger Stone, a longtime political adviser and friend to President Donald Trump, on a visit to the Women's Republican Club of Miami, Federated, in Coral Gables, Florida.

    When President Donald Trump praised his former associate, Roger Stone, for having "guts" by standing up to special counsel Robert Mueller and swearing never to testify against Trump, he might have been tampering with a witness, an expert told NBC News Monday.

    Stone is being scrutinized in Mueller's probe for possible contacts with WikiLeaks during the 2016 election. He said Sunday on "This Week" that there is "no circumstance in which" he would testify against Trump.

    Trump cited that statement in a tweet Monday, touching off a debate in legal circles. Experts took to Twitter to debate whether it was a clear-cut example of tampering with a witness.

    Criminal defense attorney Ken White wasn't sure, but told NBC News it's "the kind of thing that prosecutors would look at carefully."

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