Let’s see how long this gag order lasts.
Courtesy of NBC News:
A federal judge banned Roger Stone from speaking publicly about his case on Thursday, after hauling him back to court to answer for an Instagram post attacking her.
“Publicity cannot subside if it’s the defendant that’s fanning the flames,” district Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Thursday.
Before her ruling, Jackson said the former Trump adviser “couldn’t keep his story straight on the stand” when she allowed him the opportunity to explain his decision to post an image of her on social media with what appeared to be the crosshairs of a gun near her head.
The photo, posted to Stone’s Instagram account earlier this week, was accompanied by a caption in which he suggested Jackson was politically biased, slammed Robert Mueller’s Russia probe and sought donations for his legal defense.
“I am hurtfully sorry for my own stupidity. I am kicking myself, not as much as my wife is kicking me,” Stone told the court. He called the Instagram post “a momentary lapse of judgment” before saying that the photo was selected by someone who works for him, which he estimated was about “five or six people.”
Stone said he was broke and struggling from the stress of the prosecution.
“I heard political commentators talking about the likelihood that I’ll be raped in prison. It’s been a stressful situation. I’m having a hard time putting food on the table and making rent,” he said.
Yeah, he probably should be worried about being raped in prison.
However Stone also claimed that he did not mean the Instagram post as a threat and thought the crosshairs symbol was a “Celtic” cross, so clearly, he is not so worried about prison rape that he is unwilling to lie.
Roger Stone now directly attacking the federal judge presiding over his case and posting a pic of her head beside crosshairs pic.twitter.com/ze3lnuoSOE
— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) February 18, 2019
It is doubtful that Stone will be able to follow the Judge’s new directive anymore than he was able to follow her last one.
For instance, this is what Stone emailed out to his supporters today before his court appearance:
By the time you read this, I may well have been gagged by an Obama-appointed Federal Judge.
Given my long-time association with President Trump, can I get a fair trial in the District of Columbia where Hillary Clinton got 90% of the vote and Republican voter registration is 6%?
The real reason they want to gag me is so I cannot raise the money necessary to mount a vigorous legal defense.
The Mueller hit-team has unlimited taxpayer financing and a platoon of left-wing Ivy League lawyers to prosecute me. In fact, the two lawyers leading my prosecution both worked previously for Hillary Clinton!
Two years under intense investigation for non-existent Russian collusion and allegations of collaboration with Wikileaks and the constant fake news leaks have driven my family and me to the brink of bankruptcy. I have lost my insurance and was forced to sell my car to pay my lawyers. I am broke after having to pay over $500,000 to my attorneys to defend myself against harassment lawsuits by the Democrats and the witch hunt investigations of the House and Senate. I am literally living on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Just the same, I will fight these politically motivated charges. I was proud when President Trump praised my “guts” and the fact that I refuse to make up stories about him to ease the legal threat to myself.
I am accused of lying to Congress, yet Democrats Comey, McCabe, Clapper, Brennan, and Hillary Clinton lied to Congress and have never been charged. I didn’t lie but I am facing personal and financial ruin.
The email then goes on to brag that he effectively helped to defeat Hillary Clinton and to ask for donations to help him fight for his freedom.
So yeah, this gag order is not going to shut him up for long.