Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Stone says he should be free to speak in Russian Federation probe case

Stone says he should be free to speak in Russian Federation probe case

Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Friday night aired video of the FBI's arrest of President Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone, questioning the agency's show of force - and why a CNN camera crew was at the scene an hour before authorities arrived just before dawn on January 25. But Stone's attorneys say such an order would infringe on Stone's First Amendment right to free speech.

Stone, 66, was arrested in an early morning Federal Bureau of Investigation raid at his Fort Lauderdale, Florida, home last month.

He would still be able to opine on "foreign relations, immigration and Tom Brady", she said, for example, but shouldn't treat his in-court proceedings "like a book tour".

"The order would be supported by a finding that there is a substantial likelihood that extrajudicial comments by trial participants will undermine a fair trial", Mueller's team said.

"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 lawyers wrote. "Kim Kardashian has 59.5 million followers on Twitter... Roger Stone's Instagram following amounts to 39 thousand subscribers", his attorney wrote. Roger Stone was arrested on 25 January on federal charges put forward by Special Counsel Mueller, who is investigating the Trump campaign's alleged ties with Russian Federation.

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When deputies were able to rouse him from his sleep, he left the vehicle but did not put it in park. He was awoken by deputies but then tried to get out the vehicle while the auto was in drive.

Stone emerged a short time later, put his hands up, and turned around as an agent placed him in handcuffs.

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".

In a separate filing, Stone's defense also asked that the case be reassigned from Jackson, a 2011 appointee of President Barack Obama who is also overseeing the criminal case of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

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".

While they don't attack Jackson directly in their filings, Stone's attorneys took a second swing at her approach Friday. He has said he only sought to encourage voter interest in the group's public disclosures.

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