President Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser Roger Stone may soon be headed to jail if he doesn’t stop ticking off his judge.
On Friday the judge presiding over his case, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the District of Columbia, demanded to know why neither he nor his attorneys ever informed her about the “imminent” release of a tell-all book he had scheduled for publication.
She specifically ordered that he “file an additional submission by March 4, 2019 identifying the specific date of the ‘imminent general rel[e]ase’ of the book … and explaining why this matter — which was known to the defendant — was not brought to the Court’s attention.”
The book was reportedly in fact released on the same day she filed the order. Not good …
Last month the judge filed a gag order against Stone that reportedly prohibits him from speaking about his case in public. His case is linked to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian collusion. The problem is that Mueller’s investigation is also the topic of his book:
When Jackson imposed the order last month, she said at the time that it was “foolhardy” for her to wait for him to violate it, since she had “serious doubts whether you’ve learned any lesson at all” and reportedly warned him that he’d go to jail for future violations.
The order was spurred by Stone’s bad behavior. Earlier in the month, he posted a since-deleted photograph to Instagram that depicted Judge Jackson next to a set of crosshairs.
Got a notification for another Roger Stone Instagram post…it’s the judge presiding over his case. And in the upper left hand corner it looks like the symbol for crosshairs. pic.twitter.com/m6IW3QznTF
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) February 18, 2019
While Stone eventually apologized for the post, it wasn’t enough to appease Berman.
“Please inform the Court that the photograph and comment today was improper and should not have been posted,” he said at the time in a statement submitted by his attorneys. “I had no intention of disrespecting the Court and humbly apologize to the Court for the transgression.”
Several days later the judge imposed a full gag order.
“The prohibition includes, but is not limited to, statements made about the case through the following means: radio broadcasts; interviews on television, on the radio, with print reporters, or on internet-based media; press releases or press conferences; blogs or letters to the editor; and posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media,” the order reads.
“Furthermore, the defendant may not comment publicly about the case indirectly by having statements made publicly on his behalf by surrogates, family members, spokespersons, representatives, or volunteers.”
“This is not baseball,” Judge Berman reportedly said in court at the time. “There will be no third chance. If you cannot abide by this, I will be forced to change your surroundings so you have no temptations.”
The release of Stone’s book doesn’t mark the first time he’s allegedly violated his gag order:
This appears to violate Roger Stone’s gag order. https://t.co/CXNMhY9EhQ
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) February 27, 2019
BIG: Roger Stone is violating his gag order like gangbusters right now. He’s giving statements to multiple outlets, including @VICE saying, “Mr. Cohen’s testimony is entirely untrue.”
He’s gonna suffer BIG consequences for such an important statement. https://t.co/hdzAKuX2AQ
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) February 27, 2019
Roger Stone VIOLATES GAG ORDER: https://t.co/e2PvxCkxTT
— Leah McElrath (@leahmcelrath) February 27, 2019
Roger Stone has broken his gag order by talking to Maggie Haberman of the NY Times and to ABC News. If he goes to jail today, it will be the best day ever!
— Stephanie Miller (@StephMillerShow) February 27, 2019
Roger Stone just violated his gag order.
He should be arrested immediately.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) February 27, 2019
Stone was indicted two months ago on five counts of making false statements to Congress, one count of witness tampering and one count of obstructing an official government proceeding.
Special counsel Mueller has been investigating Stone to determine whether he had any contact with WikiLeaks or Russian operatives over the course of the 2016 presidential election.
Just to be clear, no evidence has surfaced to prove that either Stone, Trump or anyone else affiliated with the president’s election campaign ever colluded with anyone to affect the outcome of the election. The crimes he’s been accused of committing are all “process crimes.”
Evidence has surfaced showing that then-Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democrat National Committee colluded with certain parties to affect the election, but for some reason this evidence has been ignored by both the media and the Department of Justice.
While it’s unclear what’ll happen to Stone, he still remains very active on social media:
It’s not known whether posts like these violate his gag order.
Social media users seem to believe he’s definitely headed to jail:
How do you do a book tour while in jail?
Asking for America https://t.co/Kg9rhciYFJ
— don auto (@Mr_Don_Auto) March 2, 2019
Roger Stone Orders Himself to Jail https://t.co/pqzX09xsJn
— Alt Amtrak Police (@CheddarDictator) March 2, 2019
Rog is done.
— Brenda (@bcarlson0906) March 2, 2019
Roger Stone I hope your book coming out will be about bird houses or u will be a jail bird
— paul johnson (@dreamguy12) March 2, 2019
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