Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Roger Stone argues against gag order, says he's no Kim Kardashian

Roger Stone argues against gag order, says he's no Kim Kardashian

A week after being afforded the opportunity to argue against the idea of a gag order in his criminal case, political operative Roger Stone said that his public discussion of the case wouldn't prevent the court from finding impartial jurors.

Lawyers for Mr. Stone, President Trump's recently indicted former election campaign adviser, argued in a filing entered in D.C. federal court that imposing an order barring him from pleading his case publicly would violate his right to free speech.

"The footage depicts what you'd expect if the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the home of a Mexican drug lord, maybe even SEAL Team 6 going into [Osama] bin Laden's compound", Carlson said.

Stone faces charges of making false statements to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's role in the 2016 USA election and whether Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow.

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Those appearances caught the judge's attention last week when she encouraged Stone not to treat his case like a "book tour".

Roger Stone's attorneys says that his comments don't merit a "clear and present danger to a fair trial".

"While Roger Stone may be familiar to those who closely follow American politics, he is hardly ubiquitous in the larger landscape of popular consciousness", Stone's attorneys wrote. "Kim Kardashian has 59.5 million followers on Twitter..."

Prosecutors have yet to respond to either of Stone's filings. "Roger Stone's Instagram following amounts to 39 thousand subscribers", his attorney wrote. And Stone, who has pleaded not guilty, asks that the judge allow his case to be randomly assigned.

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Prosecutors have tied that case to Stone's, saying they share a common search warrant and involve activities that are "part of the same alleged criminal event or transaction".

However, his lawyers added, "At first blush and without the benefit of discovery, there is nothing about these cases that suggests they are suitably related, other than they are both brought by the Office of Special Counsel". U.S. intelligence officials claim the emails were stolen during Russian cyber-attacks on Clinton and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) servers. He has said he only sought to encourage voter interest in the group's public disclosures.

Stone, WikiLeaks and Assange have said they never communicated with one another.

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