A federal judge on Wednesday granted GOP strategist and longtime Trump associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneThe Hill’s Morning Report – Is impeachment back on the table? End of Mueller shifts focus to existing probes Heavily redacted Mueller report leaves major questions unanswered MORE’s request to travel to Florida for “business opportunities.”
Stone, who is facing charges of lying to Congress and obstructing investigations into his correspondence with WikiLeaks ahead of the 2016 elections, has pleaded not guilty.
On Monday, Stone filed a motion seeking permission to go to Sarasota from May 13 to May 14 and to Naples from May 22 to May 23. “Mr. Stone will provide pretrial services with complete itineraries prior to his departures and contact his [Pretrial Services] Officer upon his return,” the motion states.
On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the District of Columbia granted the motion, warning Stone not to travel to any locations other than those listed. Stone “must contact Pretrial Services within the first business day by telephone upon his return from each trip,” she added.
Stone has drawn rebukes from Jackson in the past for his conduct pretrial. In March she imposed a gag order after Stone posted a photo of her on Instagram with what appeared to show rifle crosshairs behind her head.
The same month she ordered a status report from Stone explaining how his rerelease of a 2016 book with a new introduction attacking special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE complies with the gag order, which prohibits him from talking publicly about his criminal case or Mueller’s investigation.
Stone’s trial is slated for November.
Read Jackson’s full order below: