UPDATED: 2019/02/20 5:00PM
Federal judge Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court in Washington ordered a hearing on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019, to consider revoking Roger Stone Jr.’s bail. Stone was charged with obstruction of justice, witness tampering and making false statements last month. He pleaded not guilty to the felony charges, which accused him of lying to investigators.
The order comes after Stone posted a photo of the judge on Instagram with cross hairs of a gun near her head. Stone suggested in the post that Judge Jackson would be biased in presiding over his case. The photo was deleted, but already circulated across social media.
Judge Jackson asked Trump’s longtime adviser to explain why she should not change the conditions of his release or modify his gag order after seeing the horrific Instagram post.
Stone apologized in a court filing on Monday writing that the “photograph and comment…was improper and should not have been posted. I had no intention of disrespecting the Court and humbly apologize to the Court for the transgression.” These statements were contradictory to those made on his Instagram account that suggested the photo was “misinterpreted” and just a “random photo” he got off of the Internet. He also claimed that the cross hairs were a logo from the website where he found the image and not a threat to the judge. He also told The Washington Post that it was a “celtic symbol.” The hearing is set for Thursday.