U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson is “considering” imposing a gag order in Roger Stone’s case after the spotlight-seeking Trump ally spent the week since his indictment on “the talk show circuit.”
Stone has been predictably shameless in the days since the FBI arrested him at his Fort Lauderdale home, threatening to appeal any gag order at an Infowars-sponsored press conference in D.C., posting videos on appropriate courtroom attire, and urging his Instagram followers to donate to his legal defense fund.
This blasé attitude hasn’t stopped conservative pundits from criticizing the FBI’s “Gestapo tactics” in arresting Stone, with Fox News’ Andrew Napolitano comparing the predawn raid to the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound.
Stone is being oddly cagey about the prospect of possibly cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, simultaneously pledging allegiance to President Trump and saying he’ll consult with his attorneys about working with Mueller’s prosecutors.
Mueller’s team seems to have plenty to work with, according to a Thursday court filing. Prosecutors have “multiple hard drives containing several terabytes of information” relevant to their probe, including “bank and financial records” and the content of physical devices seized from Stone’s Florida home, office, and Manhattan apartment.
Stone’s indictment has shed new light on previous developments in the probe, like conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi’s claims that Stone pushed WikiLeaks to dump Clinton campaign emails the afternoon the Access Hollywood tape was published and Stone’s July 2016 efforts to suss out what dirt WikiLeaks had.
Corsi said he would be “happy to testify” against pal-turned-adversary Stone.
Other individuals swept up in the Russia probe are getting a financial boost from GOP mega-donors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, who contributed $500,000 last year to a legal defense fund set up for Trump aides affected by the investigation.
CNN reported that a much-discussed pair of phone calls Donald Trump Jr. made ahead of the infamous June 2016 Trump tower meeting were to a pair of unnamed business associates using blocked numbers rather than his father.
Evidence U.S. prosecutors provided to the defense team in the Russian troll farm case was altered and posted online in an effort to discredit the federal Russia investigation, according to Mueller’s team.
Trump attorney general nominee William Barr acknowledged that he has spoken with Vice President Mike Pence about the Mueller investigation in conversations over the past two years. The Senate Judiciary Committee delayed a vote on Barr’s confirmation, with Democrats continuing to express concerns that he won’t handle the probe fairly.
With congressional investigators renewing their focus on the NRA’s ties to Russia and the Trump campaign, the NRA is attempting for the first time to distance itself from a controversial 2015 trip high-ranking officials made to Moscow. Photos and other evidence contradict claims that the trip wasn’t approved by the gun lobbying giant’s top brass.
A federal judge in Oklahoma dismissed Carter Page’s lawsuit accusing the Democratic National Committee of defamation, questioning why the ex-Trump associate was bringing the suit in Oklahoma at all.
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