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Roger Stone Posts ‘Threatening’ Instagram Of Judge On His Case With Target Crosshairs

Former Trump advisor Roger Stone—whose “rules” for politics include things like “hang a name on your opponent” and “attack, attack, attack—never defend”—found himself on the defensive today after taking a bit too much of his own advice.

Stone posted a photo of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, AKA the judge hearing his case as part of the Mueller investigation, with what appears to be crosshairs by her head:

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The post caption reads,

“Through legal trickery Deep State hitman Robeert Mueller has guaranteed that my upcoming show trial is before Judge Amy Berman Jackson , an Obama appointed Judge who dismissed the Benghazi charges again Hillary Clinton and incarcerated Paul Manafort prior to his conviction for any crime . #fixisin Help me fight for my life at @StoneDefenseFund.com”

Stone deleted the post after it was flagged by Guardian reporter Jon Swaine (and others) on Twitter:

Judge Berman recently issued a limited gag order preventing Stone from talking about his case in a way that might influence a potential jury pool.

Among other things, the gag order could complicate Stone’s efforts raise money for his legal defense fund.

The general consensus of legal experts on Twitter was that threatening the judge hearing your case is, at the very least, an incredibly stupid strategy:

Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu responded to Stone’s post by citing relevant sections of the U.S. code forbidding judicial intimidation:

Stone later posted two clumsy efforts to disavow and explain the threatening post to Instagram:

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Stone claims he never intended to threaten Jackson and the crosshairs are just the logo of some organization known as “corruption central.” (Also, text screenshots dude?)

Stone also texted journalist Kathryn Watson offering a lengthier statement on his decision to remove the post and shifted blame to “someone” who works for him:

A post like this from Roger Stone is particularly threatening considering Stone’s affiliation with the violent “Proud Boys,” which has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Stone has hired members of the right-wing organization as security and they’ve been implicated in a series of physical altercations, most recently the beating of counter-protesters in New York City. Stone has disavowed his connections to the Proud Boys, but then again another of “Stone’s rules” is “Admit nothing, deny everything.”

h/t: Rolling Stone, Daily Beast