In court on Thursday, Berman Jackson, the same judge who sentenced Manafort this week, said she had not had time to fully review the latest developments and would not be addressing the gag order issue on Thursday, though she said she was not impressed with his lawyer's excuses.
Roger Stone, an associate of President Donald Trump, leaves the U.S. District Court, after a court status conference on his seven charges: one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering, in Washington, Thursday, March 14, 2019. He was released on bail following his arrest seven weeks ago. Mr. Mueller said the crimes were committed as an effort to hide his attempts to get information about Wikileaks' plans to release emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee.More news: Speaker banned from Aust after terror attack comments
"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.
That order still stands, she told Mr Stone at yesterday's hearing on the case, but he must follow it.
"I am being targeted not because I committed a crime, but because the Deep State liberals want to silence me and pressure me to testify against my good friend", he wrote.More news: Netflix confirms Madeleine McCann documentary date
Also during the proceeding, Jackson did not punish Stone further for violating his terms of a gag order that had restricted him from discussing any aspect of the Mueller probe. She promised to take the matter under consideration.
But a question of whether Stone broke his gag order - with the 2019 release of his book about the 2016 election in which he attacked the Mueller investigation - has hung over his recent proceedings. In the new copy, Mr. Stone refers to Mr. Mueller as "crooked" and insists he was charged exclusively because of his connection to Mr. Trump.More news: Williams is hampered by a "fundamental" problem with design according to Russell