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Politics Roger Stone heads to trial in Mueller offshoot case, after months of open conflict with judge

18:00  05 november  2019
18:00  05 november  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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Then , a month later, Stone aroused Jackson's ire when Stone 's Instagram hosted a photo appearing to show Jackson with gun crosshairs behind her. “Through legal trickery, Deep State hitman Robert Mueller has guaranteed that my upcoming show trial is before Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an

Then , a month later, Stone aroused Jackson's ire when Stone 's Instagram hosted a photo appearing to show Jackson with gun crosshairs behind her. “Through legal trickery, Deep State hitman Robert Mueller has guaranteed that my upcoming show trial is before Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an

Social media posts? Banned.

Roger Stone arrives for the start of his criminal trial on charges of lying to Congress, obstructing justice and witness tampering at U.S. District Court in Washington on November 5, 2019.© Tom Brenner Roger Stone arrives for the start of his criminal trial on charges of lying to Congress, obstructing justice and witness tampering at U.S. District Court in Washington on November 5, 2019.

Video clips from "The Godfather: Part II?" Banned.

Transcripts from "The Godfather: Part II?" Not banned.

Those are just some of the unusual ground rules set out by Obama-appointed U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson for the widely anticipated trial of former Trump confidant Roger Stone, which begins on Tuesday in Washington.

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Then , a month later, Stone aroused Jackson's ire when Stone 's Instagram hosted a photo appearing to show Jackson with gun crosshairs behind her. “Through legal trickery, Deep State hitman Robert Mueller has guaranteed that my upcoming show trial is before Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an

Roger Stone , a longtime Republican provocateur and former confidant of President Donald Trump, is going on trial over charges related to his alleged efforts to exploit the Russian-hacked Hillary Clinton emails for political gain. Man stabbed to death after argument over Popeyes chicken sandwich.

Stone, a longtime Republican provocateur and part-time fashion critic, is accused of witness tampering and lying to the House Intelligence Committee about his efforts to obtain Russian-hacked Hillary Clinton emails for political gain.

But, ever since his arrest in a dramatic nighttime raid by a heavily armed federal tactical team in January, Stone has remained combative and defiant, even flashing the infamous Richard Nixon "V sign" before a throng of photographers. Then, a month later, Stone aroused Jackson's ire when Stone's Instagram posted a photo appearing to show Jackson with gun crosshairs behind her.

“Through legal trickery, Deep State hitman Robert Mueller has guaranteed that my upcoming show trial is before Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointed Judge who dismissed the Benghazi charges against Hillary Clinton and incarcerated Paul Manafort prior to his conviction for any crime,” Stone’s post was captioned.

Criminal trial for longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone expected to begin this week

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Judge bars Roger Stone from speaking about criminal case . But Jackson also ordered Stone ’s attorneys to explain by Monday why they waited The Instagram post solicited donations to Stone ’s legal defense fund and said he faced a “show trial ” in Jackson’s courtroom after his indictment

Judge in Roger Stone case orders hearing after he appeared to threaten her on Instagram. Jackson is presiding over Stone ’s criminal trial , in which he has pleaded not guilty to charges of lying Earlier this month , Stone posted a photo of himself on Instagram with what appeared to be a large piece of

Stone apologized, but Jackson quickly issued a gag order barring Stone from social media — which Stone repeatedly violated, including by calling Special Counsel Robert Mueller "crooked" and allegedly calling for ex-CIA Director John Brennan to be summarily executed.

“So what am I supposed to do with you?" an exasperated Judge Jackson said at one pretrial hearing. "It seems as if, once again, I’m wrestling with behavior that has more to do with middle school than a court of law. It’s tempting to ignore it all completely, but if I don’t respect and uphold my own orders, why would I expect anyone else to?”

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Jackson added: “You’ve shown me that you’re unwilling to stop talking about the investigation, which means that you’re unwilling to conform your conduct to the orders of the court. The goal has been to draw maximum attention to what you view as flaws in the investigation.”

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Roger Stone banned from publicly speaking on case . Four days ago, Stone had posted then removed a photo of Jackson on Instagram that had crosshairs As he listened to the judge tighten his speech restrictions, Stone closed his eyes, leaning back with his head in his hands. Stone 's caption called special counsel Robert Mueller a "Deep State hitman," said his case was a "show trial " and

Roger Stone , longtime friend and confidant of President Trump. The post said Stone faced a “show trial ” in Jackson’s courtroom after his indictment stemming from the special counsel’s investigation According to Jackson, he had told pretrial services that his consulting income was ,000 a month .

It remains unclear whether Stone will choose to testify in his own defense during the trial, which reportedly could also feature testimony from former Trump adviser Steve Bannon.

Stone's indictment in January was an offshoot of Mueller's investigation, and Judge Jackson provided Stone's legal team access to most of the redacted materials in Mueller's report in order to prepare his defense.

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Stone is not charged with conspiring with WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website that published emails of Democrats during the 2016 campaign, or with the Russian officers Mueller says hacked them. Instead, he is accused of lying about his interactions related to WikiLeaks' release during probes by Congress and Mueller’s team.

Prosecutors have alleged that an unnamed top Trump official "directed" Stone to reach out to WikiLeaks, and that Stone specifically lied to investigators in several ways. Specifically, Stone allegedly lied when he said he had no relevant documents to turn over; when he said that New York radio host Randy Credico was his only source as to WikiLeaks' plans, when he denied pressuring Credico to keep quiet; and when he insisted he never sought to relay a message to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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The longtime political stuntman Roger Stone faced an exasperated judge on Thursday, as his lawyers failed to gain traction with bold legal arguments criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller before Stone 's November criminal trial .

Months later, Stone walked back this assertion, claiming that a “journalist”—whom he later identified as Credico—acted as an “intermediary” between Regardless, Credico’s involvement has long piqued Mueller ’s interest. After Credico rejected a request for a voluntary interview, the special counsel

Stone, prosecutors said, pressured Credico to “do a Frank Pentangeli” in his testimony before Congress, a reference to a character from the 1974 film "The Godfather Part II" who backtracked his plans to provide Congress with incriminating testimony on the Corleone crime family.

Attorneys for the government suggested playing the “Pentangeli” clip during Stone’s trial. But Judge Jackson ruled last month that doing so could unfairly prejudice jurors.

“The government will not be permitted to introduce the clip itself in its case in chief because the prejudicial effect of the videotape, which includes a number of extraneous matters, outweighs its probative value,” Jackson ruled Monday.

She did say, however, that prosecutors may use a transcript of the scene.

On Oct. 1, 2016, Credico sent fateful drunken text messages to Stone, informing him of "big news Wednesday … now pretend u don’t know me ... Hillary’s campaign will die this week.”

Legal experts say those texts could be damning for the prosecution because they indicate that Credico, not Stone, was in charge — and possibly puffing up his insider knowledge.

The texts “are a bad fact for the government,” Sol Wisenberg, who was an attorney on independent counsel Ken Starr’s staff, told Yahoo News. “It indicates that [Credico] had — or pretended to have — news that he was giving to Stone.”

Stone associate denies being 'backchannel' to WikiLeaks

  Stone associate denies being 'backchannel' to WikiLeaks Radio host and political activist Randy Credico denied in court on Thursday that he had ever served as an intermediary between Roger Stone and WikiLeaks, as Stone told Congress in 2017.Credico appeared on the stand Thursday in Stone's trial over charges of lying to Congress and witness tampering to say that he did not have any inside knowledge about WikiLeaks' plans to release emails stolen from Hillary Clinton's top campaign aide just ahead of the 2016 election.

Roger Stone , a former adviser to President Trump, departs a Washington, D.C., courthouse with his wife on Monday. Stone faces charges that he allegedly lied to Congress and obstructed an official proceeding. Stone has pleaded not guilty, and his trial is set to begin Tuesday.

Roger Stone heads to trial this week in federal court, where prosecutors plan to Trump’s night-owl calls to Roger Stone in 2016 draw scrutiny in Mueller probe. Along the way, Stone interacted with then -Trump campaign official Stephen K. Bannon, who is expected to be a trial witness. Jackson has held open the possibility of a contempt hearing for Stone after his trial for what she has called his

Trump, for his part, has said Stone has been unfairly targeted, noting that Mueller found no evidence that any member of Trump's team had conspired with Russians to influence the 2016 election — despite multiple outreach efforts by Russians.

Stone's arrest at the hands of highly-armed police, the president asserted, was unusual, given that "drug dealers and human traffickers are treated better." (The president also remarked that it was odd that CNN cameras were in place at the time of the predawn raid.)

A self-proclaimed dirty trickster with a flair for public drama, Stone has a history in Republican political circles dating back to the Nixon administration. He emerged as an early public supporter of Trump and has consistently criticized the case against him.

"I will defeat them in court," Stone said earlier this year. "This is a politically-motivated investigation."

Stone, a longtime friend of the president's, briefly served on Trump's campaign, but was pushed out amid infighting with campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Though sidelined, he continued to communicate with Trump and stayed plugged into his circle of advisers.

The indictment says Stone repeatedly discussed WikiLeaks in 2016 with campaign associates and lays out in detail Stone's conversations about emails stolen from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and posted in the weeks before Trump beat Clinton.

After WikiLeaks on July 22, 2016, released hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee, the indictment says, a senior Trump campaign official "was directed" to contact Stone about additional releases and "what other damaging information" WikiLeaks had "regarding the Clinton campaign."

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In August, Judge Jackson rejected four motions from Stone contesting his indictment, adding that Stone has “no one but himself to blame” for having to stand trial.

“When he chose to take credit for the WikiLeaks release and to tantalize the public with hints that he had inside information about more to come, he chose to place himself directly in the vortex of the issues that became the focus of multiple law enforcement, counterintelligence, and congressional investigations,” Jackson wrote.

The judge also noted other Trump associates and family members who were not indicted after Mueller’s investigation despite their very public conservative views and open support for Trump.

Fox News' Bradford Betz, Danielle Wallace, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jury begins considering verdict in trial of Trump adviser Roger Stone .
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