Judge orders Roger Stone to court over Instagram post


WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge today ordered Roger Stone to appear in court to consider whether to revoke his bail after the longtime Donald Trump confidant posted a photo on Instagram of the judge with what appeared to be crosshairs of a gun.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Stone must show for a hearing Thursday afternoon and prove why she shouldn't modify or revoke his bail or implement a full gag order in his case.

On Monday, Stone posted a photo of Judge Jackson with what appeared to be crosshairs near her head. Later in the day, Stone and his attorneys filed a notice with the court they recognized the "photograph and comment today was improper and should not have been posted."

Stone said the photo was "misinterpreted" and that it was "a random photo taken from the internet." He dismissed any suggestion he was trying to threaten the judge as "categorically false."

The political operative and self-described dirty trickster has pleaded not guilty to charges he lied to Congress, engaged in witness tampering and obstructed a congressional investigation into possible coordination between Russia and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

The charges stem from conversations he had during the 2016 election about WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy group that released material stolen from Democratic groups, including Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Stone was arrested last month and is the sixth Trump aide or adviser charged in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. He's currently free on a $250,000 personal recognizance bond.

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