Published: Mon, February 11, 2019

Roger Stone argues against gag order, says he's no Kim Kardashian

Roger Stone argues against gag order, says he's no Kim Kardashian

U.S. President Donald Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone on Friday urged a federal judge not to ban him from talking about his criminal case in the Russian Federation probe, saying that unlike Kim Kardashian he was little known to the public and that he did not need a gag order.

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was asked about the raid during the House Judiciary Committee hearing Friday.

Stone, known as a self-described "dirty trickster", is accused of making false statements, obstruction and witness tampering.

In one extra punch Friday, Stone's attorneys said prosecutors got his name wrong when they indicted him.

Stone faces charges of making false statements to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's role in the 2016 US election and whether Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow.

"Are you familiar from public reports or otherwise that a CNN reporter was camped outside Stone's house when the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested him?" asked Republican Rep. Doug Collins.

"Whether it is his pursuit of a posthumous pardon for Marcus Garvey, or the style of his clothes, or the state of the Nation, Roger Stone is a voice", his attorneys wrote. USA intelligence agencies have said that Russia was the source of the hacked material, and past year Mueller charged 12 Russian intelligence officers in the hacking.

Prosecutors have tied that case to Stone's, saying they share a common search warrant and involve activities that are "part of the same alleged criminal event or transaction". He also attacked Jackson because she was appointed to the bench by President Barack Obama.

Stone, who remains free on $250,000 bond, has denied having any direct contact with WikiLeaks. He has said he only sought to encourage voter interest in the group's public disclosures.

Carlson also took issue with the way the raid was conducted.

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