Judge Orders Roger Stone Back to Court Over Controversial Instagram Post

Judge Orders Roger Stone Back to Court Over Controversial Instagram Post

Judge Orders Roger Stone Back to Court Over Controversial Instagram Post

His attorneys filed papers with the court Monday saying "he hereby apologizes to the court for the improper photograph and comment posted on Instagram today".

Donald Trump's longtime confidant Roger Stone was ordered to appear in court Thursday after a post he made on Instagram targeting the judge in his case.

Stone later said that the picture had been "misinterpreted" and that any suggestion he meant to threaten Jackson was "categorically false".

Stone, who is free on a $250,000 bond and is free to travel to certain US cities without the court's permission, has pleaded not guilty to charges of making false statements to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. He has denied guilt.

"Mr Stone recognizes the impropriety and had it removed", the lawyers wrote.

"In no way did I mean to threaten the judge or disrespect the court". Stone says he "ordered it taken down because it was open to misinterpretation". Jackson's order, which calls for a new hearing in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, threatens to add Stone to a gag order she issued last week in the case.

Mueller's prosecutors allege that Stone was directed by a Trump official to acquire emails from Wikileaks that contained damaging information on Trump's rival for the 2016 presidency, Hillary Clinton. "They use the logo in many photos".

Stone, still under gag order, has not responded to the judge's memo.

In a message posted on Instagram, Stone rejected claims that the image was intended as a threat towards the judge. Jackson noted to Stone on Friday that "there will be no additional restrictions imposed on the defendant's public statements or appearances at this time".

Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump associates were involved.

He was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation at his home in Florida, and then released on a $250,000 signature bond. He has also criticized his case as involving only "process crimes".

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