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Mueller submits court docs telling exactly how long he thinks it’s going to take to prove Roger Stone’s guilt

MARION, MA - MAY 29: Former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III, right joins Head of School John H. Quirk, left, and Board of Trusties Chair Carmine Martignetti, front, walking to the Tabor Academy commencement exercises in Marion, MA on May 29, 2017. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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Special counsel Robert Mueller submitted a court notice Wednesday in which he boasted that convicting President Donald Trump’s embattled former campaign adviser Roger Stone should take no more than eight days of trial.

“The United States of America respectfully submits this notice in response to the Court’s Minute Order dated February 27, 2019,” the filing reads.

“In response to the Court’s inquiry, the government anticipates that its case-in-chief at trial, including expected cross-examination of its witnesses by the defense, will take approximately five to eight days trial days to complete.”

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What’s notable is that the expected trial length — five to eight days — fits with how long it took Mueller to argue against and cross-examine the president’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.

Manafort wound up being found guilty on 8 of 18 felony counts, including five counts of filing false tax returns, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failing to disclose a foreign bank account.

That Manafort was convicted does not bode well for Stone, though it should be noted that the charges he faces differ like night and day from those faced by his peer.

Stone was indicted two months ago on five counts of making false statements to Congress, one count of witness tampering and one count of obstructing an official government proceeding.

Special counsel Mueller has been investigating Stone to determine whether he had any contact with WikiLeaks or Russian operatives over the course of the 2016 presidential election.

Just to be clear, no evidence has surfaced to prove that either Stone, Trump or anyone else affiliated with the president’s election campaign ever colluded with anyone to affect the outcome of the election. The crimes he’s been accused of committing are all “process crimes.”

What remains unclear is when Stone will go to trial.

“Assistant US Attorney Michael Marando told the judge Friday that the government and Stone’s lawyers were roughly estimating being ready for a trial in the fall. Jackson said she had been thinking July or August, but will wait to set deadlines for pretrial filings and hearings until the next court date, which is scheduled for March 14,” BuzzFeed reported last month.

In the meantime, Stone is attempting to remain a free man, though he appears to be failing at this endeavor. How so? He keeps violating court conditions by talking too much.

Early last month he posted a since-deleted photograph to Instagram that depicted the judge presiding over his case, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the District of Columbia, next to a set of crosshairs:

In response, the judge imposed a full gag order against him prohibiting from speaking about his case.

“The prohibition includes, but is not limited to, statements made about the case through the following means: radio broadcasts; interviews on television, on the radio, with print reporters, or on internet-based media; press releases or press conferences; blogs or letters to the editor; and posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media,” the order reads.

“Furthermore, the defendant may not comment publicly about the case indirectly by having statements made publicly on his behalf by surrogates, family members, spokespersons, representatives, or volunteers.”

But it doesn’t appear Stone’s been abiding by these rules. His case is linked to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian collusion. The problem is that Mueller’s investigation is also the topic of a book he just released Friday:

In stores March 1 ! #norussiancollusion #nowikileakscollaboration #noconspiracy #maga

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Incidentally, on Friday the judge demanded to know why neither he nor his attorneys ever informed her about the book’s “imminent” release. He has til March 4 to explain himself.

Stone has reportedly also been speaking to the media:

It’s almost as if he’s begging to be sent to jail.

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Vivek Saxena

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