Roger Stone has had a tumultuous time since being arrested by the FBI in late January. The former adviser to Donald Trump repeatedly broke his gag order, prompting threats from Judge Amy Berman-Jackson.
Stone is reportedly broke and desperate to get out of his predicament. With that in mind, his legal team has come up with a new strategy. His lawyers are arguing that not only should Stone’s indictment be cancelled, but that he get a full, unredacted copy of the Mueller report.
Stone’s attorney’s write, “No other person, Committee, or entity has Stone’s constitutionally based standing to demand the complete, unredacted Report. Only then can he determine whether the Report contains material which could be critical to his defense, or if he was selectively prosecuted.”
The lawyers also took issue with the existence of Robert Mueller and his powers. They continued, “Nothing could encroach more upon the President’s duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed than having a Special Prosecutor continually looking over his shoulder, threatening him or the members of his executive branch with potential prosecution for every act they take.”
A potential monkey wrench was thrown into Stone’s defense with the recent arrest of Julian Assange. Stone and Assange had reportedly spoken about the Wikileaks dump of John Podesta’s emails.
Stone, however, believes that the arrest could work in his favor and Assange could help to exonerate him. Politico reports that Trump’s former adviser is hoping that Assange claims under oath that Stone was not involved in the dump.
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