Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone returned to court Friday in the special counsel's Russia investigation as prosecutors say they have recovered "voluminous and complex" potential evidence in the case, including financial records, emails and computer hard drives.
Stone faces a status conference in federal court in Washington just three days after he pleaded not guilty to felony charges of witness tampering, obstruction and false statements.
The appearance is likely to be perfunctory, though prosecutors may seek an order that would prevent Stone - who held a news conference Thursday where he proclaimed his innocence - from discussing the case against him.
The judge overseeing Stone's prosecution, Amy Berman Jackson, also presides over special counsel Robert Mueller's case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and issued a similar gag order in that matter after a lawyer for Manafort addressed reporters after his first court appearance.
Stone has been outspoken since his indictment last week, repeatedly asserting his innocence and criticizing Mueller's team for having him arrested before dawn.
He made the rounds on television last weekend and held a news conference at a Washington hotel on Thursday where he said he was prepared to tell the truth to Mueller but that he had no derogatory information about Trump, his longtime friend.