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Former advisor to US President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, waves as he arrives for a court hearing on March 14, 2019, in Washington DC. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
A federal judge on Thursday set a Nov. 5 trial date for President Donald Trump’s longtime political ally in addition to self-described dirty trickster, Roger Stone.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in Washington, D.C., district court in which she expects the trial will last “at least” two weeks, NBC News reported.
Stone was arrested in late January in a predawn FBI raid at his Florida home. He was indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors on seven criminal counts, including lying to Congress in addition to obstructing a House investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.
Stone is usually alleged to have lied about his interactions with whistleblower organization WikiLeaks, which published a trove of Democratic officials’ emails inside the run-up to the 2016 election. Mueller has accused Russian intelligence agency hackers of stealing the private messages coming from the Democratic National Committee.
Stone has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Jackson also laid out a schedule ahead of the trial: The next status hearing will be held in April 30, in addition to a pretrial conference was set for Sept. 17.
The status conference followed a period of contention between Stone in addition to Jackson regarding his gag order inside the case.
The judge had issued a partial gag on Stone in addition to his attorneys to keep them coming from doing statements to the media in which could prejudice the case against him. yet Jackson greatly tightened Stone’s muzzle after the longtime Republican operative an Instagram post of Jackson’s face next to what appeared to be a rifle scope’s crosshair.
After Jackson strengthened Stone’s gag order, she learned in which Stone re-released his book “The Myth of Russian Collusion,” which contains a newly written introduction in which criticizes Mueller in addition to his probe of Russian election meddling in addition to possible Trump-campaign collusion.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing, in addition to has slammed the probe as a politically motivated “witch hunt.”
At the hearing Thursday, Jackson said she didn’t “intend to dwell on” the issue of whether stone had violated his gag order.
“He was aware at the time the order was issued in which there was a publication,” she said. “They tried to get on top of the issue thereafter.”
A day before scheduling Stone’s trial, Jackson sentenced Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, to nearly four years in prison on separate charges lodged by Mueller.
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