Prosecutors AMASS EVIDENCE Against ROGER STONE
Information the Justice Department collected from Roger Stone’s iCloud accounts, email accounts and on computer hardware “span several years,” special counsel Robert Mueller said Thursday.
Mueller wants to place a protective order that would lock down the confidentiality of evidence collected against Stone, as the prosecutors begin sharing the documents with his legal team.
Stone’s attorneys have consented to this type of order from the judge, but the judge has not yet signed off.
Orders like these are fairly typical in high-profile cases and are meant to prevent leaks of documents in the case.
Robert Mueller’s prosecutors, in a new court filing, described the evidence as “voluminous and complex” in asking a judge to delay his trial to give them more time to sift through the seized devices.
The evidence the Justice Department collected against Stone to charge him with lying to Congress and witness tampering includes “multiple hard drives containing several terabytes of information consisting of, among other things, FBI case reports, search warrant applications and results (e.g., Apple iCloud accounts and email accounts), bank and financial records, and the contents of numerous physical devices (e.g., cellular phones, computers, and hard drives).”
The FBI is doing what it calls a “filter review” of the devices, setting aside any evidence that cannot be admissible in court because it is considered privileged.
During a press conference Thursday, Stone agreed that evidence is voluminous and complex, and said both parties had agreed to the language in the government’s filing.
Stone, 66, was arrested in a pre-dawn raid Friday at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a day after a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia indicted him on one count of “obstruction of proceeding,” five counts of making false statements and one count of witness tampering.
A longtime Republican operative and self-described “dirty trickster,” Stone has been under the microscope over his alleged connection to WikiLeaks and hacked Democratic emails released by the site during the 2016 presidential campaign. He has repeatedly denied any collusion with WikiLeaks.
The prosecutors say in the filing Thursday the FBI seized electronic devices from Stone’s home, apartment and office.
Prosecutors argued for the delay under a federal statute that allows the constitutional right to a speedy trial to be waived when a case is “so unusual or so complex … that it is unreasonable to expect adequate preparation for pretrial proceedings or for the trial itself within the time limits established.”
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