Roger Stone departs Federal Court after attending his arraignment hearing Jan. 29. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/NLJ

The universe of potential evidence against President Donald Trump confidante Roger Stone, accused of obstruction of justice and other crimes in a special counsel’s case in Washington, includes “terabytes of electronic records and data,” federal prosecutors told a judge Thursday.

Stone’s defense lawyers and the prosecution team, including lawyers working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, agreed to designate the case as “complex.” The move eliminates any demand from Stone that he be brought to trial quickly.

The government’s lawyers said they will soon begin to provide Stone’s defense team “voluminous and complex” records as part of the discovery process. Stone, arrested last week at his home in Florida, is charged with lying to Congress and attempting to obstruct its investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Stone has pleaded not guilty.

The discovery in the case against Stone includes “Apple iCloud accounts and email accounts, bank and financial records, and the contents of numerous physical devices (e.g., cellular phones, computers, and hard drives),” prosecutors said in their court filing. “The communications contained in the iCloud accounts, email accounts, and physical devices span several years.”

FBI agents are still reviewing electronic devices seized from Stone’s Fort Lauderdale, Florida, home during a pre-dawn raid last week. That review includes an assessment of whether any messages or other communication will be off limits to prosecutors based on attorney-client privilege.

Stone’s defense team includes L. Peter Farkas of Washington’s Halloran Farkas + Kittila; Bruce Rogow of Fort Lauderdale; Grant Smith of Fort Lauderdale’s StrategySmith; and Robert Buschel of Buschel & Gibbons in Fort Lauderdale.

The prosecution team includes assistant U.S. attorneys Jonathan Kravis and Michael Marando, and prosecutors Jeannie Rhee and Aaron Zelinsky, both of whom are working under Special Counsel Robert Mueller III.

Marando and Kravis have prosecuted public-corruption charges in Washington. Kravis is a former clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer and Judge Merrick Garland on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Kravis served as an associate White House counsel from 2009 to 2010.

Stone is due back in court Friday in Washington, where he will appear in front of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

 

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