Social Media Posts? Forbidden.
Videos from "The Godfather: Part II?" Forbidden.
Copies of "The Godfather: Part II?" Are not prohibited.
These are just some of the unusual ground rules set out by Obama's U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson for the widely-anticipated trial of former Trump confidant Roger Stone, which begins Tuesday in Washington.
Stone, a longtime Republican provocateur and part-time fashion critic, has been accused of abusing witnesses and lying to the House Intelligence Committee for his efforts to obtain Hillary Clinton hacking emails for political gain.
But since his arrest in a dramatic overnight raid by a heavily armed federal tactical team in January, Stone remains belligerent and challenging, even flashing the infamous Richard Nixon "V sign" in front of a crowd of photographers. Then, a month later, Stone woke up to Jackson's fury when a picture appeared on Stone's Instagram showing him seeing Jackson with crosses behind her.
"By legal fraud, Deep State hitter Robert Mueller guarantees that my pending trial is before Judge Amy Berman Jackson, Obama has appointed a judge to dismiss Benghazi's charges against Hillary Clinton and incriminate Paul Manafort before being sentenced. crime, "Stone's post was taken prisoner.
Stone apologized, but Jackson quickly issued an injunction banning Stone from social media – which Stone repeatedly violated, including calling Special Counsel Robert Mueller "guilty" and allegedly calling for a former CIA director John Brennan will be executed in no time.
"So what do I have to do with you?", Annoyed Judge Jackson said during a preliminary hearing. "I seem to be struggling again with behavior that has more to do with high school than with court. It is tempting to ignore all this completely, but if I do not obey and obey my commands, why would I expect anyone else to do it? "
JUDGE BARS ROGER STONE FROM SOCIAL MEDIA, AFTER HIS INSTAGRAM MAIL USE ROBERT MUELLER
you mean" you do not want to comply with your court orders. The goal is to get as much attention as you can to what you consider to be a flaw in the investigation. "
" What should I do with you? "
It's unclear whether Stone will choose to testify in his defense during the trial, which may also include testimony from former Trump adviser Steve Banon.
Stone's prosecution in January was a blast to Mueller's investigation, and Judge Jackson provided the law to Stone for the team's access to most of the material in Mueller's report to prepare his defense.
THE PROSECUTOR MAY NOT BUILD THE LORD'S DRIVE WITH STATES, JUDGE RULES
Wiki emails to the Democrats during the 2016 campaign, or with Russian officers that Mueller says they hacked. Instead, he is accused of lying about his interactions with the release of WikiLeaks during congressional and Mueller studies.
Prosecutors allege that an unnamed senior Trump official "targeted" a stone to reach WikiLeaks and that Stone lied specifically to investigators in several ways. In particular, Stone claims to have lied when he said he had no relevant documents to turn; when he said that New York radio host Randy Credico was his only source on WikiLeaks plans when he refused to press Credo to remain silent; and when he insisted he never sought to convey a message to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Stone, prosecutors said they pressured Credico to "do Frank Pentangeli" in his testimony to Congress, a reference to a character in the 1974 movie "The Godfather Part II," who backed out of his plans to provide Congress with incriminating testimony about the family
Government attorneys have suggested playing the Pentangel video during the Stone process. But Judge Jackson ruled last month that it could unfairly hurt jurors.
"The government will not be allowed to introduce the video in its case mainly because the harmful effect of the videotape, which includes a number of external issues, outweighs its probative value," Jackson ruled on Monday.
However, she said
Trump, for his part, stated that Stone was unfairly targeted, noting that Mueller found no evidence that any of Trump's team had conspired with the Russians to influence the pre-election election. 2016 – despite numerous efforts by the Russians from the Russians.  The arrest of Stone at the hands of highly armed police, says the president is unusual, given that "drug dealers and human traffickers are treated better. "(The president also noted that it was strange that CNN cameras were deployed during the previous attack.)
A self-proclaimed dirty scam with a flair for public drama, Stone has a history in Republican political circles dating back to the Nixon administration. He emerged as an early public supporter of Trump and consistently criticized the case against him.
"I will beat them in court," Stone said earlier this year. "This is a politically motivated investigation."
Stone, a longtime friend of the president, briefly served in the Trump campaign, but was pushed against the backdrop of campaigning by campaign manager Cory Corey Lewandowski. Although removed, he continued to communicate with Trump and remain in his circle of advisers.
The indictment says Stone repeatedly discussed WikiLeaks in 2016 with campaign contributors and detailed Stone's conversations about emails stolen by Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and posted in the weeks before Trump defeated Clinton.
After WikiLeaks released hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee on July 22, 2016, a senior Trump campaign official was "directed" to contact Stone for additional publications and "any other harmful information that WikiLeaks had it in regards to the Clinton campaign. "
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In August, Judge Jackson rejected four petitions from Stone challenging his charge, adding that
" When deciding to take credit for publishing WikiLeaks and taunting Blitz with hints that there was inside information about the upcoming, he chose to put himself directly in the whirlwind of problems that have become the focus of multiple law enforcement, counterintelligence and congressional investigations, "Jackson wrote.
also noted other Trump aides and members of the families who have not been indicted after Mueller's investigation, despite the conservative views of the public and open support for Trump.
Bradford Betz, Daniel Wallace, and the Fox News Associated Press contributed to this report.