Roger Stone Cites Kim Kardashian’s Instagram Following in Argument Against Gag Order

Cheryl Sanders
February 11, 2019

He also deployed the classic "I'm less famous than Kim Kardashian" defense.

Jackson raised the issue last week after she warned Stone not to treat his criminal case like a "book tour". That's what Stone's lawyers stressed to a federal judge Friday.

"The footage depicts what you'd expect if the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the home of a Mexican drug lord, maybe even SEAL Team 6 going into [Osama] bin Laden's compound", Carlson said.

In a court filing, Stone and his lawyers told U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is mulling a gag order, that his First Amendment right to free speech entitled him to "speak as he wishes" unless it posed a "clear and present danger" to finding an impartial jury.

Jackson drew the Stone case because prosecutors designated it as related to the Mueller probe prosecution of a dozen Russian military intelligence officers indicted in July on charges of hacking and sharing Democrats' computers and emails to disrupt the 2016 election. USA intelligence agencies have said that Russia was the source of the hacked material, and a year ago Mueller charged 12 Russian intelligence officers in the hacking.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointee who is also overseeing the case against Paul Manafort, had stated in court February 1 that she was concerned that Stone and his lawyers could taint the potential jury pool if they continued talking about the case publicly and gave them until February 8 to state their opinion on a gag order.

Prosecutors said the two share a common search warrant, and "there are activities which are a part of the same alleged criminal event or transaction", according to Stone's filing. But they have not accused Stone of being directly involved in any Russian election conspiracy.

In a filing of its own later Friday, the special counsel's office suggested ordering Mr. Stone to "refrain from making further statements to the media or in public settings that are substantially likely to have a materially prejudicial effect on the case".

Stone, who remains free on $250,000 bond, has said he did nothing more than exercise his First Amendment rights to drum up interest with voters about the WikiLeaks disclosures. He also has denied discussing the issue with Trump.

Stone, WikiLeaks and Assange have said they never communicated with one another.

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