Roger Stone’s case will go to trial on Nov. 5, 2019, Judge Amy Berman Jackson announced during a status hearing on Thursday, according to multiple reports.
Stone is supposed to be under a gag order until the case is closed, but he has been scolded for Instagram posts that appear to violate that order. Stone could also face repercussions for an introduction he wrote for the reprint of his book, retitled “The Myth of Russian Collusion,” in which he referred to special counsel Robert Mueller as “crooked.” Stone and his team claimed they forgot to mention the wording and that it was written before the gag order was imposed.
In court on Thursday, Berman Jackson, the same judge who sentenced Manafort this week, said she had not had time to fully review the latest developments and would not be addressing the gag order issue on Thursday, though she said she was not impressed with his lawyer’s excuses.
There was some speculation that Berman Jackson might toss Stone in jail for violating the terms of the gag order, but that’s off the table for the time being.
Stone is due back in court on April 30 for another status hearing.
However, she said she was not impressed with the argument from Stone's lawyers that they didn't bring up the book issue sooner because it would have been "awkward": "The last thing you should worry about is whether telling the court would be an uncomfortable experience."
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) March 14, 2019
Judge sets Roger Stone trial date for November 5, expected to last about two weeks pic.twitter.com/vOxZ2l4oWO
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) March 14, 2019