Trump pal, Roger Stone, appeared before a federal judge on
Thursday, for the first time since ignorantly posting an image to social media,
featuring the judge in his criminal case, Amy Berman Jackson, with what
appeared to be crosshairs near her head.
He also included his own little spin, with an appeal to raise funds for his defense.
“Through legal trickery Deep State hitman Robert Mueller has guaranteed that my upcoming show trial is before Judge Amy Berman Jackson , an Obama appointed Judge who dismissed the Benghazi charges again [sic] Hillary Clinton and incarcerated Paul Manafort prior to his conviction for any crime. #fixisin Help me fight for my life at @StoneDefenseFund.com,” the since-deleted post read.
He quickly took the image down, but in the land of MAGA, a
moment is all it takes to send a message.
Stone’s defense team apparently are much brighter, and whipped
off an apology to the judge.
So did she buy it?
Not at all.
The hearing for the day was called because Berman wanted to
go over the conditions of Stone’s release, and make a determination as to if
there should be some changes made.
Stone was the latest to get swept up in special counsel
Robert Mueller’s probe, and has been indicted on seven charges, including
obstructing a congressional inquiry, making false statements to Congress, and witness
Berman had placed a limited gag order on Stone last week,
but the image he posted of her afterwards was a gross abuse of the freedom he
Before Jackson’s ruling from the bench Stone took the stand to beg for forgiveness.
“I abused the order for which I’m heartfully sorry,” he said. “I’m kicking myself over my own stupidity.”
He went on to try and convince the judge that he has several
volunteers working for him, and that it was one of them who chose that
He also tried to convince her that the crosshairs in the
image were not crosshairs, at all, but that he had done research, and they were
So what do they mean?
Well, he didn’t know, but it didn’t matter because he took
Next question: What were the names of the volunteers who
offered up that image?
Stone claimed he didn’t know their names.
Stone, 66, a longtime GOP operative and former informal adviser to President Trump, said in court on Thursday that a volunteer had provided him with the photo, but later admitted he had been given two or three pictures from which to choose for the post.
“You had a choice?” Jackson asked, incredulous.
And if the one he chose was that bad, what did the other
images look like?
Berman was unmoved by Stone’s court room mea culpa.
“Thank you, but the apology ranks quite hollow,” she said.
When paired with incendiary comments, she said the photo can lead to threats against the judiciary or incite to violence.
She then put a stake through the very heart of who Roger
No media interviews about his case, no social media posts,
and none of his associates can talk about, or post about it on his behalf.
He can ask for money for his defense fund. He can say he’s
innocent, or deny the charges against him. That, however, is it. No more. He
was warned that stepping over that very thin line could result in his $250,000
bail being revoked.
“I gave you a second chance, but this is not baseball,” she said. “There will not be a third chance.”
It’s kind of hard to feel sorry for Stone. He’s a
particularly noxious and spiteful character.
Something about this just seems right.
Now let’s see if he can maintain his silence.