Federal prosecutors in a new court filing Thursday allege that longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone violated the terms of his gag order in his criminal case with recent social media posts that attacked special counsel Robert Mueller and FBI investigations into Russian interference in the presidential election, and he had tagged major media outlets in those posts.
“In the past several days, Stone posted statements on social media about this case and the special counsel’s investigation and appears to have specifically targeted those posts at major media outlets,” prosecutors said in a court filing Thursday.
“On or about June 18 and 19, 2019, the defendant posted to Instagram and Facebook, commenting about this case and inviting news organizations to cover the issue,” prosecutors wrote. “This is a violation of the current conditions of release.”
Judge Amy Berman Jackson barred Stone from making any public statements about his case in February after he posted on Instagram a photo of the judge with crosshairs behind her head.
After apologizing to Jackson in court, she warned him of severe consequences if he crossed the line of the court’s orders.
A violation of his bail terms, which allow him to live at home in Florida, could mean Stone could await his November trial from jail, reports CNN.
Stone’s June 18 and June 19 postings on Instagram included a screenshot that read: “US Govt’s Entire Russia-DNC Hacking Narrative Based on Redacted Draft of CrowdStrike Report.”
“It is exactly the kind of ‘fanning of the flames’ that the court warned could ‘incite others’ or impair ‘a fair trial by an impartial jury,” the prosecutors wrote Thursday in a letter to the judge.
Stone’s most recent posts represent a direct attempt to appeal to major media outlets to publish information that is not relevant to, but may prejudice, this case,” they wrote.
Stone was indicted in January for lying to Congress and obstructing lawmakers’ probe into the Russian meddling, including its hack into the Democratic National Committee’s servers.