Judge imposes gag order on Trump confidant Stone after post

Judge imposes gag order on Trump confidant Stone after post

Judge imposes gag order on Trump confidant Stone after post

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Roger Stone to appear in court to consider whether to revoke his bail after the longtime Donald Trump confidant posted a photo on Instagram of the judge with what appeared to be crosshairs of a gun.

On Thursday at a hearing to discuss the matter, Stone apologized to the judge and attempted to excuse his actions. Mueller is also investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow officials.

Just days later, Stone posted a photo of Jackson next to the image that looked like crosshairs. But as people pointed out how grossly inappropriate the picture was, Stone first reposted a modified version that removed the crosshairs, and then took the image down altogether and filed a formal apology with the court.

The now-deleted Instagram post from Monday called Jackson the judge at his "upcoming show trial" and said she couldn't be fair because she was an Obama appointee and had "incarcerated Paul Manafort". Jackson had previously placed an order prohibiting Stone and all other parties in his case from making public comments outside the D.C. federal courthouse.

"I am kicking myself over my own stupidity", Stone said. He's now free on a $250,000 personal recognizance bond. She ruled that Stone can keep proclaiming his innocence to raise money for his legal defense, but he must stop giving media interviews and posting on social media about it.

"I had no intention of disrespecting the Court and humbly apologize to the Court for the transgression", Stone said in that filing.


He insisted in another Instagram post that he did not create the offending post, but that it had been the work of a "volunteer" who mistakenly used the wrong "random" photo.

From this moment on, Stone may not speak publicly about the investigation or the case or any participants in the investigation or the case.

"How hard was it to come up with a photo that didn't have the crosshairs in the corner?"

However, he also testified he could not recall the names of all his volunteers who had access to his phone that day or say which of them selected the image.

The defendant later replaced the post with a cropped image of Jackson that did not include the crosshairs. Jackson has asked if the post should affect his release terms or his gag order. "I recognize that I let the court down", Stone said.

Prosecutor Jonathan Kravis, however, called on the judge to put tighter restrictions on Stone's communications, saying his testimony "was not credible".

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