Russian Federation probe filing suggests broader case against Trump ally Stone

Roger Stone leaves after his arraignment as part of the Robert Mueller probe at the US District courthouse in Washington DC

Russian Federation probe filing suggests broader case against Trump ally Stone

A USA judge said on Friday she is considering imposing a gag order on President Donald Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone, who since being charged a week ago has repeatedly criticized Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the ongoing Russian Federation probe.

"This is a criminal proceeding, and not a public relations campaign", District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in a hearing attended by Stone in Washington, D.C.

Jackson cautioned Stone, a longtime Republican campaign adviser and confidant of President Donald Trump, against treating the buildup to the trial "like a book tour" and reminded him he should not argue his case "on the talk show circuit".

The government said it also plans to turn over the contents of devices seized last week from Stone's home, apartment and office.

"Parties can discuss foreign relations, immigration or Tom Brady", Jackson said.

Criminal defendants typically shun the media spotlight.

Stone is accused of obstruction of justice, witness tampering, and giving false statements to investigators.

Stone, who once worked for former President Nixon and has a tattoo of him on his back, flashed the Nixon V-sign in front of cameras before he spoke.

On Thursday, Stone dismissed the charges as mere "process crimes" that did not involve any intentional lies, and called Mueller's probe politically motivated.

A seven-count indictment unsealed January 25 alleges Stone sought that information before the election at the direction of an unidentified senior Trump campaign official.

"Perjury requires both intent and materiality", Stone told Reuters in an interview, adding that any failure to disclose emails or text messages was just an "honest mistake".

According to the indictment: 'After the July 22, 2016 release of stolen DNC emails by Organization 1, a senior Trump Campaign official was directed to contact STONE about any additional releases and what other damaging information Organization 1 had regarding the Clinton Campaign.

Stone, 66, a longtime GOP operative and self-described "dirty trickster", is charged with lying about his efforts to gather information concerning hacked Democratic Party emails.

"I am not accused of Russian collusion, I am not accused of collaboration with WikiLeaks, I am not accused of conspiracy", Stone said. He has said that he had no advance knowledge of what material WikiLeaks held and that predictions he made about the group's plans were based on Assange's public comments and tips from associates.

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