Roger Stone took aim at the federal judge overseeing his criminal case on Monday, blasting her as an "Obama appointed" partisan and posting a photo of her face featuring what appeared to be a crosshairs symbol. "Stone recognizes the impropriety and had it removed", the court document said.
Roger Stone ― the Republican strategist and Donald Trump associate indicted on charges stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation ― went after the federal judge presiding over his case on Instagram, publishing her picture next to what appeared to be an image of crosshairs and begging for money from his followers.
The Instagram post comes just days after Jackson issued a gag order for Stone's case.
Stone deleted the picture soon after, then re-posted it without the crosshairs before deleting that second post as well. "I had no intention of disrespecting the Court and humbly apologize to the Court for the transgression".
"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 against Hillary Clinton and incarcerated Paul Manafort prior to his conviction for any crime", Stone captioned the since-deleted post, which also requested that people donate to his legal defense fund. "Because it was open to misinterpretation I have ordered it taken down". He told reporters than any inference that the photo was meant to be threatening was "false", and many noted that Stone himself had not taken the original image but apparently found it on a conspiracy website. "Stone wrote. "[It] is a random photo selected from the Internet and was posted at my direction. In the top left corner are what seem to be crosshairs.
"A photo of Judge Jackson posted on my Instagram has been misinterpreted".
Stone, a longtime Trump ally, pleaded not guilty on January 29 to charges of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering.
Jackson is the same judge who ruled that Manafort - Stone's longtime friend and former business partner - lied to Mueller's prosecutors last week.
"I saw no such thing", Stone told the Daily News.