Roger Stone, who was indicted late into the Mueller Probe for matters unrelated to “Russian Collusion,” is now asking a federal judge to dismiss the case and also requesting an unreacted copy of the Mueller report.
These demands were made on Friday by Stone’s lawyers which comes days before the full redacted version of the Mueller report is expected to be released.
“Only by reviewing the full, un-redacted Mueller Report can Roger Stone be assured of his rights to due process, to compulsory process, to know the exculpatory evidence, to determine whether or not he is being selectively prosecuted,” Stone’s lawyers
“The Special Counsel Report may be of political interest to many. It may be of commercial interest to others. It may be of public interest to some. But for Roger Stone, the Special Counsel’s Report is a matter of protecting his liberty,” they continued.
On January 24th, Stone was indicted on seven counts by the special counsel for making false statements about communications with associates.
He is also accused of obstructing the committee’s investigation and of witness tampering. Stone’s indictment alleges that he tried to dissuade a witness, Randy Credico, from appearing before the intelligence panel.
Mueller was unable to establish any conspiracy or collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives. The Justice Department is expected to release his report early next week.
Stone’s lawyers argue that charges should be dismissed on the grounds that they involve a congressional proceeding and would require a formal congressional referral for the special counsel to prosecute. The attorneys assert that the intelligence committee did not formally refer Stone for prosecution.
Stone has claimed that Credico, a left-wing activist, was a source for him regarding WikiLeaks’ plans to release documents prior to the 2016 election. Credico has denied being a back channel to Stone, but Stone has released text messages that show that Credico provided insight into when WikiLeaks would release Clinton-related documents. Credico also told Stone that the documents would devastate the Clinton campaign.
Stone’s attorneys are going as far as saying that they believe Stone was being targeted by the Mueller team because of his relationship with President Trump.
According to the Daily Caller, “Stone, 66, hopes to call Assange to testify at his trial, which is tentatively scheduled to start on Nov. 5. Stone believes that Assange will help his case by repeating his past claims that the pair have never met or communicated.”