Stone Rebuked For Book Intro After Gag Order

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A federal judge overseeing Roger Stone’s criminal case rebuked him Tuesday for failing to inform her sooner about a new introduction to his book that may violate a gag order because it includes criticism of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, the New York Times reports. After U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson first raised the issue, Stone asked her to consider the new edition of his book an exception to the gag order, which prohibits Stone from speaking publicly about the legal proceedings against him. Stone argued that the introduction dated January 2019 was printed by the publisher before the gag order was put in place on Feb. 21. Jackson on Tuesday rejected Stone’s request for her to clarify whether the book falls under the gag order, writing that  Stone had several opportunities to inform her about the publication of the new edition and had failed to do so.

“It does not matter when the defendant may have first formulated the opinions expressed, or when he first put them into words: He may no longer share his views on these particular subjects with the world,” Jackson wrote. Stone, a former campaign adviser and longtime friend of President Trump, faces charges of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing justice related to the Mueller investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Stone was also under scrutiny for two Instagram posts on Sunday, including one that mimicked a poster for the 1988 film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” Under a portrait of himself, he asked the question, “Who Framed Roger Stone?” Mueller’s office notified Jackson about the Roger Rabbit post because it potentially violated the gag order.

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