Federal judge imposes gag order on Roger Stone’s attorneys — here's why
Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C. has imposed a gag order on attorneys for long-time GOP operative Roger Stone in his criminal case. The 66-year-old Stone, a long-time ally of President Donald Trump, was arrested by FBI agents on Jan. 25 in connection with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and is facing charges of witness tampering, obstruction of justice and making false statements.
The federal judge warned, “Counsel for the parties and the witnesses must refrain from making statements to the media or in public settings that pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice to this case.”
According to CNN, Stone and his attorneys are not allowed to speak in and around the courthouse.
A court filing in the case said, “Because lawyers have special access to information through discovery and client communications, their extrajudicial statements pose a threat to the fairness of a pending proceeding.”
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Jackson, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, is the same federal judge who has made rulings in the case of another Trump ally who has been a subject of Mueller’s probe: Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager. In June 2018, Jackson revoked Manafort’s bail, alleging that he was trying to coach witnesses. And Jackson would have presided over Manafort’s second trial had it come about in September, but Manafort opted not to go to trial and agreed to a plea deal with Mueller.
Stone has maintained that he is innocent of the charges of witness tampering and making false statements that he is facing.