Roger Stone is a character, to put it mildly.
The longtime political, um, operative has outed himself on several occasions as an agent provocateur, hoping to keep himself in the spotlight for as long as possible. His forté is playing dirty in the muck of the DC swamp, having found himself in the middle of controversies spanning from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump.
Now, as he faces the music in Washington DC on charges stemming from his testimony to Congress, Stone is apparently getting on the last nerve of a judge in the case.
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.
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At the two-and-a-half-hour court hearing, Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the DC District Court didn’t rule on requests Stone has made to puncture the case against him but got his legal team to admit flaws in almost all of their arguments.
Despite this, however, Stone and his team could become some of the very few people in the nation with an opportunity to see a less redacted version of the now-infamous Mueller report.
Stone’s team, however, still appears to have hope that they may get access to redacted parts of the Mueller report that describe Stone’s case.
Jackson floated the possibility that Stone could potentially see some some parts of the Mueller report that would be “harmless” and repeat details his team is already learning through evidence they’ve received in the case. Prosecutors have fought against this, saying giving unredacted parts of the sought-after document to the defense team would reveal how they plan to try his case.
Roger Stone has been bound by an extremely powerful gag order in the case – something that was deemed necessary after previous public outbursts in the matter.
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