Published: Sat, March 16, 2019

Judge sets trial date for Trump confidant Roger Stone

Judge sets trial date for Trump confidant Roger Stone

Trump confidant Roger Stone will go on trial November 5 on charges he lied to Congress, engaged in witness tampering and obstructed a congressional investigation into possible co-ordination between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, a federal judge said Thursday.

"I now find myself on Crooked Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's hit list because I've advised Donald Trump for the past forty years", Stone says in the new introduction, written this year before his arrest.

Stone has repeatedly tested the boundaries of the order since U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson silenced parties in this case last month, prompting her to warn the self-described "dirty trickster" of the "costs and consequences" of speaking publicly about the case, the court, or special counsel Robert Mueller.

Rhee said the government has turned over about nine terabytes of documents and other evidence to the defence team.

"If....you become aware of circumstances that could be viewed as noncompliant, the last thing you should worry about is whether telling the court would be uncomfortable", she told Mr. Stone's attorneys.

November trial date set for Trump confidant Roger Stone

But Judge Jackson stopped short of saying the book violated a gag order she issued earlier in the case.

Stone has pleaded not guilty to seven charges of obstruction, lying to Congress and witness tampering.

Additional upcoming dates in the Stone case will include April 30, for a status hearing and September 17 for a pretrial conference. "I expect compliance", Judge Jackson said. "Having been scolded, we seek only to defend Mr Stone and move ahead without further ado".

Jackson seemed to be rather lenient with Stone on this issue, insisting that she doesn't "intend to dwell" on a back and forth argument.

After the Stone hearing, the special counsel's office confirmed Weissmann plans to leave the Justice Department "in the near future" - in yet another possible sign that the Mueller probe is winding down.


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