Trump's long-time confidant, Roger Stone, on Friday urged a federal judge to compel the Department of Justice to hand him a full copy of the report of special advocate Robert Mueller on the investigation being conducted by Russia in the course of its investigation.
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Stone pleaded not guilty to accusations that he had lied to Congress, started falsifying witnesses and obstructed a congressional investigation into a possible coordination between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. lawsuit filed late Friday night, his lawyers said Mr. Stone had the right to see the confidential report – which was submitted to the Attorney General last month – because that would help prove his allegation that there are constitutional problems at the inquiry.
In a separate action, a former Stone assistant who was summoned to appear before a grand jury asked a federal court of appeal to determine whether he still had to testify now that the investigation in Russia was over.
Stone's team also filed motions Friday night, arguing that he had been selectively prosecuted, challenging the constitutionality of Mueller's appointment and that the special advocate had not the ability to sue him for lying to Congress. They allege that Congress did not officially refer the Department of Justice over Stone's testimony and that, as a result, Mueller's investigation was "a violation of the separation of powers".
In court documents, lawyers argue that they are entitled to a private disclosure of the nearly 400-page report that Mueller submitted to Attorney General William Barr at the end of last month and stated that they " should be allowed to examine the report in its entirety as it contains the information ". the evidence and findings of the government on matters essential to Stone's defense ".
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"To be clear, Stone does not ask that the report be disclosed to the world – but only to his lawyer so that it can help him prepare his defense," wrote the lawyers.
Stone, who is set to stand trial in November, has maintained his innocence and criticized the special council's investigation for his political motivation. He pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from his conversations during the campaign on WikiLeaks, the anti-secret group that published stolen documents to Democratic groups, including Hillary Clinton's campaign.
In a four-page letter addressed to Congress and explaining Mueller's "main conclusions," Barr said the special attorney had not found any criminal conspiracy between Russia and Trump's associates at the time. during the campaign, but had not conclusively concluded whether Trump had prevented justice. Instead, Mueller presented evidence on both sides of the obstruction issue, but Barr said that he did not think the evidence was sufficient to prove that Trump had obstructed justice .
Barr said he planned to publish a draft version of Mueller's report next week, which will be sent to Congress and made public.