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    FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2019, file photo, former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, leaves federal court in Washington. President Donald Trump’s longtime confidant Stone has apologized to the judge presiding over his criminal case for an Instagram post featuring a photo of her with what appears to be the crosshairs of a gun. Stone and his lawyers filed a notice Monday night, Feb. 18, saying Stone recognized “the photograph and comment today was improper and should not have been posted.” (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Published February 19. 2019 01:52PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday 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 Jackson with what appeared to be crosshairs near her head. Later in the day, Stone and his attorneys filed a notice with the court that 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 that 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.

Last week, Jackson issued a limited gag order, which prevents Stone from discussing his case near the courthouse and generally bars his lawyers, prosecutors and witnesses from making public comments that could “pose a substantial likelihood” of prejudicing potential jurors. But the order did not constrain Stone from making other public comments about the prosecution or his case. Stone’s lawyers argued that placing any limits on his public comments would infringe on his constitutionally protected right to free speech.

In implementing the limited gag order on Friday, Jackson said it was necessary to “maintain the dignity and seriousness of the courthouse and these proceedings.”

Stone has maintained his innocence and blasted the special counsel’s investigation as politically motivated. He has also criticized his case as involving only “process crimes.”

On Tuesday, Stone posted a photo of a book he received from a supporter, writing in an Instagram post that he was praying that it “protects me from the fake news media who are smearing me and purposely misinterpreting everything I say.”

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When will people accept the fact that they gave the country away to diseased republican rats?
Well, at least his tan is better than Trump's.
Roger Stone was raided by the FBI in a midnight raid (with CNN present?) for the crime of associating with President Trump. This is what third world countries do, not the United States of America. Democracy is sacrificed when citizens get whisked away because someone does not like them. That is precisely what happened in Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia, and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. I will not stand for it here. When citizens develop uncontrolled hatred such as for the Jews in Nazi Germany, or, for Republicans here right now, that is the first step toward anarchy or worse. Trump Derangement Syndrome (irrational illogical fanatical hatred) begins insidiously. RUK, you are a Trump hater. You suffer from TDS. You should be ashamed of yourself. I am going to call you out for it. You have every right for your opinion. You have no right to be insulting. You are a low intellect cyber bully. It is one thing to state your opinion. That is social discourse. In Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, Hussein’s Iraq and many other places, you would be executed for your hate rants. You should thank your lucky stars to be an American. Your big ignorant mouth is protected by the greatest benevolent military there ever was. America is in the first phase of surrender to its enemy. The enemy is misinformation in the hands of ignorant haters like you. Clean up your act and be more respectful. If you think you are formidable, you are sadly misinformed. I am going to shine the light on you. You are nothing compared to what I and my fellow Americans have faced and defeated before. Wise up!

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