Johnson is facing charges for money laundering and bank fraud. But in Friday’s hearing it was disclosed that another indictment may soon be made public adding more charges against Johnson.
Recently Johnson has disclosed information that put Attorney General John Swallow under the radar of the FBI.
The gag order was filed by the U.S. Attorney’s office. And Johnson’s willingness to talk to the press may have caused his attorney Nathan Crane to ask to step down.
Federal Judge Paul Warner denied the motion to place a gag order saying he wants a court hearing before he makes a ruling.
That prompted the deputy U.S. Attorney to ask for a temporary gag but Judge Warner refused that as well.
Bit Warner did advise Johnson that it might be in his best interest not to talk saying the “stakes are very high, this is not a game.” Warner ordered a hearing on a permanent gag order to be held in March.
And afterwards as Johnson left the court offered a “no comment” as he walked past reporters.
Meanwhile Judge Warner granted Crane his wish to be removed as Johnson’s attorney. The judge reminded Johnson “this will be your last appointment. It won’t be tolerated.”
Salt Lake City attorney Ron Yengich was appointed to be his new attorney.
The switch in attorneys means that the trial will be delayed.