A federal judge has rejected arguments from political consultant Roger Stone that he was indicted on charges of obstructing a Congressional investigation and witness tampering because of his role as a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said motions filed by Stone’s defense were entirely devoid of evidence that Stone was singled out as an act of political retribution because of his support for Trump.

Stone’s “supposition is made up out of whole cloth,” Jackson wrote in a 56-page ruling issued Thursday morning. “To support this proposition, he marshals no facts….Stone points to nothing that would substantiate his attribution of his indictment to his political views. ”

A grand jury in Washington indicted Stone in January at the request of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The seven-count indictment accused Stone of obstruction of justice, false statements and witness tampering for allegedly trying to deceive the House Intelligence Committee and the FBI about his actions related WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign. […]