Judge orders Roger Stone to file rebuttal to allegation he violated gag order

Judge orders Roger Stone to file rebuttal to allegation he violated gag order
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A federal judge Friday ordered President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE's associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneDOJ backs ex-Trump campaign aide Richard Gates's probation request Schiff says investigators seeking to identify who Giuliani spoke to on unlisted '-1' number What if impeachment fails? MORE to file a rebuttal to prosecutors’ claim he violated a gag order with his social media posts. 

Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered the rebuttal to be filed by June 27 over several Instagram posts made by Stone in which he screenshotted articles about a court document filed in his case last month.

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The screenshots showed articles about a court filing in which the Justice Department said it did not have a full report from cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, which revealed that Russians had hacked the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Stone had been seeking the full report ahead of his November trial.

Prosecutors said this week that the posts are “commenting about this case and inviting news organizations to cover the issue” and they are “a violation of the current conditions of release, and the government accordingly calls it to the court’s attention.”

They also asked Jackson to hold a hearing to “show cause why [Stone's] conditions of release should not be modified.”

An attorney for Stone said in a statement that Stone's legal team is “disappointed in, and surprised by, the government’s unrealized fears.”

“Mr. Stone has limited his comments to matters widely reported in the news or public court filings. The government’s motion is ill advised and an astonishing overreaction.” 

Jackson slapped a gag order on Stone in February after he posted an image on Instagram featuring her with a crosshairs in the corner. Stone apologized but said he did not select the image himself. 

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE indicted Stone, an associate of Trump and a longtime GOP operative, earlier this year with impeding a congressional investigation, lying to Congress and witness tampering. 

Stone pleaded not guilty to all charges and will go to trial in November.