Roger Stone, the indicted longtime friend & advisor to President Donald Trump, has issued an apology to Judge Amy Berman Jackson for posting a picture of her under crosshairs to Instagram over the weekend.
Jackson is the presiding judge for Stone’s case in DC federal court.
“Please inform the Court that the photograph and comment today was improper and should not have been posted. I had no intention of disrespecting the Court and humbly apologize to the Court for the transgression,” Stone said in a letter submitted to the court by his attorneys on Monday.
Roger Stone’s apology letter for threatening a court judge pic.twitter.com/77FUnm9JGQ
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“Undersigned counsel, with the attached authority of Roger J. Stone, hereby apologizes to the Court for the improper photograph and comment posted to Instagram today,” the letter continued. “Mr. Stone recognizes the impropriety and had it removed.”
After the post was deleted, Stone wrote on Instagram that the image was “misinterpreted,” and that the crosshairs were merely part of the organization which created the picture.
In a text to CBS reporter Kathryn Watson, Stone said he was reacting to “the manner in which my case was assigned to a specific judge rather than the judge being selected randomly.”
Jackson issued a gag order on Stone and his attorneys last Friday, forbidding Stone and his legal team from discussing the case on courthouse grounds.
On Tuesday morning, amid the fallout from the Instagram post, Jackson responded. She ordered Stone back to court to explain why the gag order and conditions of his release should not be made more restrictive, based on his behavior.
“Defendant is ordered to show cause at a hearing to be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 2:30 P.M. as to why the media contact order entered in this case and/or his conditions of release should not be modified or revoked in light of the posts on his Instagram account.”
JUST IN: Judge Amy Berman Jackson orders Roger Stone to explain why the gag order AND/OR his conditions of release shouldn't be changed after yesterday's Instagram post. pic.twitter.com/LSzwoaxmg5
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) February 19, 2019
Stone may be playing games, but Jackson is not.
Judge says Get me Roger Stone
— Kevin (@kfcon1) February 19, 2019
Good….he needs to be knocked down a few pegs.
— Shelley (@berriesandblood) February 19, 2019
Go get ‘em Judge Amy Bergman Jackson! pic.twitter.com/uH0Ft7MAES
— U up? (@Ontheotherhand) February 19, 2019
What was Stone thinking?