The federal judge overseeing the criminal case against Roger Stone, a longtime ally to President Donald Trump, appeared skeptical of his effort to get the charges tossed out.

The Republican operative and his legal team were in a Washington, D.C., federal courtroom on Thursday morning, offering up a menu of creative constitutional arguments to challenge the indictment. Stone was indicted in January on charges that he lied to a congressional committee and attempted to obstruct its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

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