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

11 February, 2019, 06:31 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Matthew Whitaker acting U.S. attorney general testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington D.C. U.S. on Friday. Feb. 8 2019. Whitaker has agreed to appear defusing at least for the moment a charged partisan debate over threat

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.

Stone objected to the proposal via his attorneys, arguing that public comment on politics and men's fashion is his job, so a gag order would interfere with his ability to earn a living.

Stone's legal team, which includes Bruce Rogow, a noted First Amendment attorney who previously represented the rap group 2 Live Crew in an obscenity case, also urged Jackson not to curtail speech based on "conjecture or speculation" about its possible impact on jurors.

"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. He faces charges of lying, obstruction and witness tampering, including by pressuring another witness to lie or refuse to talk to Congress. In their reply, prosecutors with Mueller's team and the USA attorney's office for the District of Columbia did not oppose an order, citing a "substantial likelihood" that out-of-court comments will undermine 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. But they have not accused Stone of being directly involved in any Russian election conspiracy.

In filing later Friday, prosecutors said they wouldn't oppose Jackson issuing a "narrowly-tailored" gag order that seeks to keep Stone from using media coverage to his advantage in the court case.

Stone, who remains free on $250,000 bond, has said he did nothing more than exercise his First Amendment rights to drum up interest with voters about the WikiLeaks disclosures. He has said that he had no advance knowledge of what material WikiLeaks held and that predictions he made about the group's plans were based on Assange's public comments and tips from associates. He also has denied discussing the issue with Trump. Stone's lawyers have alleged CNN, lurking in the shadows at the time of the raid, were tipped off beforehand and that at least one reporter allegedly had a draft copy of Stone's indictment before he appeared in court.

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