Judge allows Roger Stone to travel to Florida for 'business opportunities'

Judge allows Roger Stone to travel to Florida for 'business opportunities'
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A federal judge on Wednesday granted GOP strategist and longtime Trump associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneJudge finds Stone violated gag order, blocks him from using social media Counterprotesters outnumber far-right extremists at DC rally Judge orders Roger Stone to file rebuttal to allegation he violated gag order MORE’s request to travel to Florida for “business opportunities.”

Stone, who is facing charges of lying to Congress and obstructing investigations into his correspondence with WikiLeaks ahead of the 2016 elections, has pleaded not guilty.

On Monday, Stone filed a motion seeking permission to go to Sarasota from May 13-14 and to Naples from May 22-23. “Mr. Stone will provide pretrial services with complete itineraries prior to his departures and contact his [Pretrial Services] Officer upon his return,” the motion states.


On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the District of Columbia granted the motion, warning Stone not to travel to any locations other than those listed. Stone “must contact Pretrial Services within the first business day by telephone upon his return from each trip,” she added.

Stone has drawn rebukes from Jackson in the past for his pretrial conduct. In March she imposed a gag order after Stone posted a photo of her on Instagram with what appeared to be rifle crosshairs behind her head.

The same month she ordered a status report from Stone explaining how his rerelease of a 2016 book with a new introduction attacking special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE complies with the gag order, which prohibits him from talking publicly about his criminal case or Mueller’s investigation.

Stone’s trial is slated for November. He is under strict travel limitations until then. The judge's decision comes shortly after The Daily Beast reported Stone is being paid to speak at a strip club in Virginia next month.

Read Jackson's full order below:


-Updated 12:38 p.m.