Roger Stone, a former Republican agent and advisor to President Donald Trump, who was accused of lying to Congress, posted a photo on Instagram on Monday of a judge who presided over his case in which it appears to be next to a crosshead symbol.
The post comes days after the judge, judge of the American district Amy Berman Jackson, rejected Stone's attempt to reassign his case to a new judge.
Jackson also ruled earlier that Stone could not talk to news channels for her courthouse.
Stone, 66, went to Instagram to ask for special advice from Robert Mueller, who said he used "legal deception" to submit his case to Jackson, a US district judge in the District of Columbia. Stone's case is being prosecuted jointly by the Mueller office and the American law firm in Washington.
"Due to legal deception, Deep State assassin Robert Mueller has guaranteed that my upcoming show trial before judge Amy Berman Jackson, a judge appointed by Obama who again rejected the Benghazi indictment [sic] Hillary Clinton and Paul Manafort imprisoned prior to his conviction for any crime, "Stone wrote in the title accompanying the photo, including the hashtag #fixisin.
Since January, Stone has regularly posted on the photo-sharing website to claim that he did not do anything wrong with regard to accusations that he had lied to Congress about his contact with WikiLeaks. Last month, a federal grand jury in Washington DC Stone accused one point of constraining Congress, five counts of making false statements to Congress, and a count of witness tampering. He did not plead guilty on an interrogation on 29 January.
The photo – of which a version had previously appeared on a site that challenged false conspiracy theories – had a target symbol in the vicinity of the head of the judge. The symbol is also associated with the Zodiac killer.
Peter Carr, a spokesperson for the special counsel's office, declined to comment.
The Instagram terms of service state that the service will "remove content that contains credible threats or hate speech" and that "serious threats to public and personal security are not allowed." An Instagram representative said that the post was a violation of social status. network rules.
Within 30 minutes of BuzzFeed News being the first to know of Stone's message, it had disappeared from the site for photo sharing. An Instagram representative said the company did not remove the image, suggesting that Stone did it herself.
Stone later shared a statement – which he repeated when he was reached by BuzzFeed News – and said it was a "random photo of the internet." [sic] inference that this was intended to in one way or another threaten the judge or the disrespect court is categorically false. "
Stone included the hashtag #rogerstonedidnothingwrong in the title of the new Instagram post. In a later Instagram post he gave another update in which he said that the crosshairs "is in fact the logo of the organization that originally posted it [sic] something that is called central. & # 39;
He later filed a "notice of apology" in court, calling the photo and comment "inappropriate."
"Mr. Stone acknowledges the impropriety and has it removed," the submission stated.
Him too sent an SMS to CBS News reporter Kathryn Watson that his function was a response to & # 39; the way my case was assigned to a specific judge instead of the judge being randomly chosen.
Early in Stone & # 39; s case, prosecutors designated it last year as "related" to a prosecution brought by Mueller's office against Russian nationals accused of hacking the Democratic National Commission and giving information to WikiLeaks through the online persona Guccifer 2.0 – actually Russians, according to the government – during the 2016 presidential election. The DNC hacking case was already assigned to Jackson and related to the case of Stone as & # 39; & # 39; This meant that it had also been assigned to Jackson according to the rules of the court.
Stone challenged the & # 39; related & # 39; designation, arguing that there was no direct link between his case and the suspects and alleged facts in the DNC hacking case. Public prosecutors opposed the Stone case and the DNC hacking case was accompanied by joint search warrants and underlying events – that the alleged interference of Russians in the 2016 elections was the subject of the Congress investigation that Stone is accusing of trying to obstruct.
A version of the photo Stone shared previously appeared on conspiracy websites, including one called Americans for Innovation, which deals with false deep state theories about the pay-to-play new world order & # 39 ;.
A blog post with the title "MUELLER & # 39; S JUDGE AND PROSECUTOR TAKES THEIR ORDERS FROM HILLARY," from 6 February, shows the photo of Jackson on top of a background with the words "CORRUPTION CENTRAL" and the cross theme sign. The post also contains photos from former Democratic President-nominated Hillary Clinton, congressman Adam Schiff and others with similar backgrounds and editors.
The Stone photo posted on his Instagram account – @rogerstonejr, which has nearly 42,000 followers – featured a zoomed-in version of the Jackson photo on Americans for innovation.
On February 15, Jackson issued a statement of one paragraph stating that she would not take any action with regard to Stone's objections. She wrote that the current allotment was "consistent" with the court's rules on related matters, but not elaborated on.
Jackson was nominated by President Barack Obama at the US district court for the District of Columbia and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in March 2011. In May 2017, she rejected an unlawful death sentence against Hillary Clinton after the attacks on an American diplomatic encampment in Benghazi, Libya.
Jackson also oversees the criminal case of the former president of the Trump campaign Paul Manafort in Washington.
Stone has to appear before Jackson on 14 March for a status hearing.