On Friday, a federal judge issued a partial gag order on former Donald Trump associate Roger Stone as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
District of Columbia Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson issued an order Friday requiring Stone to “refrain from making statements to the media or in public settings that pose substantial likelihood of material prejudice to this case,” Fox News reports.
“There will be no additional restrictions imposed on the defendant’s public statements or appearances at this time, although this order may be amended in the future…if necessary,” Jackson’s order states. “This order should not be interpreted as modifying or superseding the condition of the defendant’s release that absolutely prohibits him from communicating with any witness in the case, either directly or indirectly. Nor does this order permit the defendant to intimidate or threaten any witness, or to engage or attempt to engage in any conduct in violation of [U.S. Code.]”
Jackson added that while it’s not the court’s job to tell Stone if making public statements is in his best interest, the court notes that “one factor that will be considered in the evaluation of any future request for relief based on pretrial publicity will be the extent to which the publicity was engendered by the defendant himself.”
Those involved with the case, including witnesses and council, were also ordered by Jackson to “refrain” from making statements near the courthouse to media or the public that may “influence any juror, potential juror, judge, witness or the court officer or interfere with the administration of justice.” (Read more from “Federal Judge Issues Gag Order on Roger Stone and His Attorneys” HERE)