Reporting by CBS News’ Clare Hymes and Kathryn Watson
The gag order on longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone was tightened in a vibrant court hearing Thursday, following an image posted on Stone’s Instagram account depicting the judge in his case with a symbol resembling crosshairs behind her head.
Stone’s profuse apologies didn’t satisfy Judge Amy Berman Jackson. “From this moment on,” she said Stone cannot speak about the investigation, or participants in the case, either on social media or with reporters. He also can’t have statements made on his behalf to urge people to donate to his legal defense fund. Stone has pleaded not guilty to seven counts, including misleading federal investigators and witness tampering.
“Today I gave you a second chance, but this is not baseball, there will not be a third chance,” Jackson told Stone, adding that if he doesn’t follow the order he will change his “environment.”
Stone was already under a gag order imposed by Jackson.
Stone told Jackson Thursday he was “heartfully sorry” for the Instagram post on his account depending her with a symbol that looked like the crosshairs of a gun. The longtime Trump adviser testified in court Thursday that there was no justification for his actions, citing a “lapse in judgment” on his part and the “extreme stress” of the situation.
“I’ve been treated for emotional stress,” Stone testified, noting his consulting work has been virtually non-existent since his criminal case began.
“I can only beseech you to give me a second chance. Forgive me the trespass,” Stone urged the judge.
At one point in the hearing, Jackson said Stone talks to the media every day, and “what will get him to stop talking other than a court order?”
Stone’s lawyers on Monday apologized for the post, which Stone had removed shortly after it was posted. Stone told CBS News in a text message Monday that someone who worked for him posted the image and that it wasn’t intended to be threatening.
Mr. Trump told reporters earlier this month he hasn’t thought about a potential pardon for Stone.