A federal judge in Washington shaded Roger Stone’s legal team Thursday during a brief court hearing that set a November trial date for the longtime Trump ally and confidant.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson told Stone’s attorneys Thursday that there was “no exception for awkward” when it came to notifying the court about the release of a book that could potentially land Stone in violation of his gag order. Jackson told Stone’s attorneys that the “last thing” they should be worried about is whether notifying the court would be “an uncomfortable experience.”

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