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Mueller investigation supports gag order in Roger Stone case

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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."