U.S. President Donald Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone on Friday urged a federal judge not to ban him from talking about his criminal case in the Russian Federation probe, saying that unlike Kim Kardashian he was little known to the public and that he did not need a gag order. He also deployed the classic "I'm less famous than Kim Kardashian" defense. The lobbyist pleaded not guilty and vowed to "tell the truth" throughout the process.
In a separate filing on Friday, the Department of Justice said it would not oppose a narrow order restricting all parties and lawyers from speaking publicly, if it would be "substantially likely" to undermine Stone's right to a fair trial.
Stone, who remains free on $250,000 bond, has denied having any direct contact with WikiLeaks.
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While they don't attack Jackson directly in their filings, Stone's attorneys took a second swing at her approach Friday.
The DC District Court has special rules that govern related cases so that those with similar facts can be assigned to the same judge. Prosecutors will respond to him about this next week.
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. Twenty minutes later, the same camera shows agents leading Roger Stone back into his house.
At the time, CNN said that there exclusive was the result of "good instincts, some key clues, more than a year of observing comings at the DC federal courthouse and the special counsel's office - and a little luck on the timing".