Federal judge threatens to END Roger Stone's non-stop media tour

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U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she had already noticed a significant amount of publicity in the case, including television appearances in which Stone has asserted his innocence. The judge gave Stone's attorneys and the prosecution a week to submit their written opinions on the proposed gag order.

"You can talk about foreign relations, immigration, or Tom Brady as much as you want to", Jackson said - just don't talk about the case. She also said that if Stone continues to speak out on his case, journalists could reasonably feel obligated to repeat the charges and evidence against him.

Trump was quizzed about his communications with Roger Stone hours before his longtime advisor was set to appear in federal court in Washington, D.C.

Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager who's been convicted on charges that also emerged from Mueller's Russian Federation probe, was previously issued a gag order by Jackson.

Stone's indictment on charges of obstruction, witness tampering, and lying to Congress contained an intriguing passage regarding a "senior" Trump official who was directed to contact him about getting in touch with WikiLeaks in the final months of the 2016 campaign.

Jackson's comment came as Stone returned to federal court in Washington on Friday for a scheduling hearing after pleading not guilty this week to charges in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 United States election.

A status court hearing in the case is scheduled for March 14.

"No, I didn't. I never did", he said.

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What has Roger Stone said?

In a court filing Thursday, prosecutors with Mueller's office said the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized physical devices from his home, apartment and office.

Citing the Mueller filing, The Daily Beast's Natasha Bertrand suggests that the raid on Stone's house netted "multiple hard drives containing several terabytes of information".

Stone is free on a $250,000 personal recognisance bond on the condition that he not possess or apply for a passport and not travel outside southern Florida, the Washington area and New York City.

The indictment does not accuse Stone of having contact with WikiLeaks or Russian operatives or of conspiring with either to hack and release emails stolen from Democrats.

Stone served as an adviser to Trump for years before he ran for president.

A long-time friend of Donald Trump, Roger Stone has worked on Republican political campaigns since the 1970s and is a self-proclaimed "dirty trickster". He has said that he had no advance knowledge of what material WikiLeaks held and that predictions he made about the group's plans were based on Assange's public comments and tips from associates.

Stone's indictment refers to two people with whom he is accused of communicating in an effort to get more information about Wikileaks' plans for releases of stolen Democratic emails.