Judge orders Roger Stone to court over Instagram post

Roger Stone deletes photo of judge presiding over his case, says he didn’t mean to threaten her
Roger Stone posts photo of judge in his case featuring crosshairs symbol despite gag order

20 February, 2019

She could now choose to impose a more sweeping gag order or tighten the conditions of Stone's bail, which allows him to travel with some restrictions.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Tuesday that Stone must prove why his bail shouldn't be revoked and why she shouldn't institute a full gag order in the case.

Roger Stone issued a formal apology Monday to the federal judge handling his case in the special counsel's investigation.

In a post accompanying the picture, which was shared online in screenshots by a number of media organizations, Stone alleged the charges against him were part of a "deep state" plot. "Any inference that this was meant to somehow threaten the Judge or disrespect court is categorically false", Stone wrote in an Instagram post after taking down the second photograph.

Stone also appeared on the Infowars show War Room, where he reiterated the post had been misinterpreted and blamed the media for doing so. "I had no intention of disrespecting the Court and humbly apologize to the Court for the transgression", Stone said.

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On Monday, Stone posted and immediately deleted an Instagram photo, which showed Judge Jackson next to cross hairs mimicking the scope of a rifle.

Stone, a self-styled political dirty trickster, was indicted last month for lying to Congress about his communications with WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange.

Longtime Trump ally Roger Stone gives an interview to Reuters in Washington, U.S., January 31, 2019. "This was a random photo taken from the Internet", Stone said in the statement.

This article was written by Reis Thebault, Manuel Roig-Franzia and Rachel Weiner, reporters for The Washington Post.

The indictment does not charge Stone with conspiring with WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website that published Clinton campaign emails, or with Russian officers Mueller says hacked them. He has also criticized his case as involving only "process crimes".

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