Judge tightens gag order on Roger Stone over threatening Instagram post


A federal judge ordered Roger Stone not to discuss his criminal case with anyone and issued a stinging reprimand Thursday over the longtime Trump confidant's decision to post a photo on Instagram of the judge with what appeared to be the crosshairs of a gun. In statements he posted to his Instagram after removing the image, Stone denied that it was meant to be threatening and said that the crosshairs target was merely the logo of the organization, "something called corruption central", that had originally published the image he posted.

That limited order could be in jeopardy after Stone posted a picture on his Instagram account this weekend showing an image of Jackson next to crosshairs.

"Through legal trickery Deep State hitman Robert Mueller has guaranteed that my upcoming show trial is before Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointed Judge who dismissed the Benghazi charges again Hillary Clinton and incarcerated Paul Manafort prior to his conviction for any crime", the post read.

Jackson called a hearing for Thursday at 2:30 p.m.to ask why, in light of the image, she should not expand the gag order in Stone's case or restrict his freedom.

On Monday, Stone posted a photo of Jackson with what appeared to be crosshairs near her head. So I want to be clear - today I gave you a second chance.

The 66-year-old Stone has pleaded not guilty to charges he lied to Congress, engaged in witness tampering and obstructed a congressional investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

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The ex-Trump campaign adviser was arrested in January in Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election.

"I am kicking myself over my own stupidity", Stone said, according to report Zoe Tillman. The 66-year-old Stone has apologized and said the picture has been "misinterpreted". Stone, who pleaded not guilty last month, has been interviewed on television and by other media since then.

Lawyers for Stone declined comment as they left the courthouse.

Just days later, Stone posted a photo of Jackson next to the image that looked like crosshairs.

Stone later reportedly replaced the photo with a version that was cropped to remove the crosshairs and had slightly different text. "She thinks it was a serious threat, that it was a deliberate action that he had taken and that one that she has taken quite seriously now that she will revisit the terms of the gag order that is against Roger Stone".