Roger Stone raised constitutional concerns Friday over a gag order being considered by the federal court judge presiding over the government's criminal case against him.
Stone, who has given a number of interviews since his arrest denying all the allegations against him, fought back in a court filing.
Stone's attorneys also note that they disagree with the legality of a gag order Jackson put in place more than a year ago that has kept Stone's former lobbying partner and fellow Trump adviser Paul Manafort and his legal team from speaking publicly. But Stone's attorneys say such an order would infringe on Stone's First Amendment right to free speech.
Sinclair Broadcast Group published a surveillance video Thursday of longtime Trump ally Roger Stone's arrest last month at his Florida home.
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.
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In the latest filing, Stone's attorneys write that his comments don't merit a "clear and present danger to a fair trial".
"An example of how limited and narrow his public presence is, is that Kim Kardashian has 59.5 million followers on Twitter", they added. "Roger Stone's Instagram following amounts to 39 thousand subscribers".
Repeating phrases from the judge, the government noted she has said continued statements by Stone would create a substantial risk that "a much larger percent of the jury pool" will be "tainted by pretrial publicity". And Stone, who has pleaded not guilty, asks that the judge allow his case to be randomly assigned.
"At first blush and without the benefit of discovery, there is nothing about these cases that suggests they are suitably related, other than they are both brought by the Office of Special Counsel", Stone's attorneys wrote in the filing. 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. Stone's lawyers have alleged CNN, lurking in the shadows at the time of the raid, were tipped off beforehand and that at least one reporter allegedly had a draft copy of Stone's indictment before he appeared in court.