Judge orders Roger Stone to court over Instagram post

Roger Stone leaves federal court in Washington D.C. earlier this month

The judge had held open the prospect of modifying her gag order on Friday in the order that made clear she was trying to preserve her ability to seat an impartial jury and "maintain the dignity and seriousness of the courthouse and these proceedings". This kind of attitude was in place yesterday when Stone posted what appeared to be a threat on Instagram, directed at Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

Early Tuesday morning, Stone published another weird Instagram post in which he said he was praying for protection "from the fake news media who are smearing me and purposely misinterpreting everything I say".

A photo was posted and then deleted from Stone's Instagram account showing Jackson next to cross hairs, mimicking the scope of a rifle. "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.

In a statement to The Post Monday night, Stone argued that the post had been "misinterpreted".

Stone, who was indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation last month, claimed he "didn't notice the symbol in the corner". "This was a random photo taken from the Internet", Stone said in the statement.

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The U.S. Marshals Service, which provides security to federal judges, did not respond to a request for comment.

"If you look at that posting, he has a picture of the judge".

Longtime Trump ally Roger Stone gives an interview to Reuters in Washington, U.S., January 31, 2019. She underlined the sentence for emphasis.

Stone also disputed that the original post included crosshairs.

Prosecutors said Stone lied about it to the House Intelligence Committee and told a witness to lie about it too. Stone has stated that he wants to speak out about his case, because people who don't say anything when they are accused of crimes appear guilty to the public.

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