Stone says he should be free to speak in Russian Federation probe case

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The defence team of Donald Trump's former political adviser Roger Stone, accused of obstruction of justice, has launched an offensive against a federal judge considering restricting his communications over the criminal case.

"An example of how limited and narrow his public presence is, is that Kim Kardashian has 59.5 million followers on Twitter", Stone's court filing said. But while he's known in some circles, Stone is nowhere near as famous as Kim Kardashian, his attorneys argued.

"Are you familiar from public reports or otherwise that a CNN reporter was camped outside Stone's house when the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested him?" asked Republican Rep. Doug Collins.

His speech shouldn't be restricted, because his lifeblood is writing and speaking about politics and fashion, his attorneys say.

Stone, who remains free on $250,000 bond, has denied having any direct contact with WikiLeaks.

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The final part of the clip shows Stone's clothing: cut-off shorts, no shoes, and a t-shirt that read "Roger Stone Did Nothing Wrong".

Stone's attorneys' argument contrasts with what Stone has claimed about his case so far - that it's "impossible" for him to have a fair trial in Washington, he wrote on Instagram.

Those appearances caught the judge's attention last week when she encouraged Stone not to treat his case like a "book tour". Owned by 21st Century Fox, FNC is available in more than 90 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, routinely notching the top ten programs in the genre. U.S. intelligence officials claim the emails were stolen during Russian cyber-attacks on Clinton and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) servers. Prosecutors will respond to him about this next week. "On the ground was a large metal device used to break down a door which was unnecessary", Stone told Sinclair Broadcast Group. Twenty minutes later, the same camera shows agents leading Roger Stone back into his house.

The special counsel's office declined to comment.

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