Roger Stone has been barred by a federal judge from talking publicly about his case after an inflammatory photo was posted on his Instagram account. The photo was of the judge and it included what appeared to be a crosshairs.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected apologies offered by Stone, both in writing and in person at a hearing in Washington, D.C. Judge Jackson said if Stone violates the order, she wold be “compelled to adjust your environment.”
She then clearly described what that meant: she would revoke his bond and order him to be detained ahead of his trial.
This decision from the federal judge adds Stone to a gag order that already existed which prohibits attorneys from speaking about the case and bars any of the parties from talking about it in the vicinity of the courthouse.
Stone, who is 66, has been charged with obstruction, false statements and witness tampering as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The obstruction and false statements charges relate to testimonyhe gave to Congress about his role in 2016 as an intermediary between Donald Trump’s campaign and WikiLeaks.
Stone has pleaded not guilty and says he did nothing wrong. He, along with his supporters have made intense criticism at the government, including of the FBI, the Justice Department and Judge Jackson herself.
Stone’s Instagram post on Monday indicated that conspirators within the “deep state” had planned to put his case before an unfair Jackson so she could preside over a “show trial.” A shape like the crosshairs of a rifle scope appeared in the backdrop of the photo.
The post was eventually deleted.
Stone submitted a written apology, but Jackson ordered that he appear on Thursday to explain himself.
Stone took the stand himself to testify under oath at Thursday’s hearing. He apologized and called the post a “stupid lapse in judgement.”
Jackson was unmoved. She noted that after Stone’s initial apology was filed with the court this week, he appeared on TV defending the photograph and calling the uproar an unfair media attack on him.