Roger Stone Teases ‘Vindictive Prosecution’ Defense
By Jason Devaney
Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone appears to be cooking up a defense that will attack special counsel Robert Mueller’s “vindictive prosecution,” according to court filings.
As Law&Crime noted, documents filed Thursday evening — the deadline set by Judge Amy Berman Jackson for Stone to tell the court if he intends to file any motions related to his case on charges of witness tampering and lying to Congress — show Stone’s defense team is putting on the gloves.
“The Court is inquiring about the nature and number of motions,” the filing by Stone’s defense team reads. “While the defendant cannot say with specificity or certainty at this point in the proceedings, the defendant and counsel can advise that we may file a motion regarding selective or vindictive prosecution. We may file a motion to dismiss regarding error in the grand-jury proceeding.”
The filing continued by saying there are millions of pages of data Mueller’s team has amassed, so the process of discovery will take a while.
“It is difficult to anticipate the number of motions relating to discovery, suppression, or other issues at this point,” the motion reads.
Stone was arrested in a dramatic pre-dawn scene at his Florida home in late January. Several FBI agents wielding rifles showed up to take him into custody as part of Mueller’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.
The charges leveled at Stone, however, do not concern any collusion.