Feb 8, 2019

Mueller investigation supports gag order in Roger Stone case

Roger Stone. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

In a new court filing, special counsel Robert Mueller said he supports a gag order on longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone to prevent him from speaking publicly about the case, claiming there's "a substantial likelihood that extrajudicial comments by trial participants will undermine a fair trial."

Why it matters: Stone, who filed a response opposing the gag order, is a notoriously brash and theatrical political operative who frequently posts on social media about his view that the Mueller investigation is a partisan "witch hunt." Stone has pleaded not guilty on charges of lying and witness tampering, and has asked for a new judge to be assigned to his case after Judge Amy Berman Jackson warned him about inappropriately using the case as a "public relations campaign."

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know so far

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Milwaukee Molson Coors brewery complex on Wednesday, including the shooter, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at an evening press conference with local police.

What's happening: Police said "there is no active threat" just before 6 pm ET, but noted the scene remains active. Police chief Alfonso Morales told reporters that officers have "more than 20 buildings we have to secure" at the complex and they do not currently have all employees accounted for, as more than 1,000 were at the complex during the shooting.

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Trump assigns Pence to lead U.S. coronavirus response

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President Trump announced at a press briefing Wednesday evening that he'll be putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of leading the administration's response to the coronavirus.

The big picture: In the wake of a market sell-off and warnings from health officials that there's a real threat of the coronavirus spreading in the U.S., Trump sought to reassure the nation and Wall Street that the U.S. is "ready" for whatever comes next.

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