Roger Stone is under fire for possible violations of his court-imposed gag order after a weekend social media post suggested he’d been “framed” in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and ahead of the imminent re-release of a book he co-wrote that explores the “myth of Russian collusion.”
The longtime Donald Trump associate remains under a Feb. 21 order from U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson that bans him from making public comments of any kind about his upcoming criminal trial on charges of lying to Congress and obstructing lawmakers’ Russia probe.
In a filing with Jackson on Monday, Mueller’s office pointed to public reporting that Stone on Sunday had posted an image to his Instagram account with the words “who framed Roger Stone.”
The Washington Post reports:
Attorneys for Roger Stone told a federal judge Monday that it “did not occur” to them to notify her about the publication of a book that appears to violate a gag order on the Republican operative and longtime friend of President Trump, because they said the work appeared two days before the gag order was issued.
Stone attacks special counsel Robert S. Mueller III as “crooked” and accuses “Deep State liberals” of seeking to silence him in an updated introduction to his book about Trump’s 2016 campaign, retitled “The Myth of Russian Collusion.”
The updated version was sent to hundreds of retailers in January for rerelease and published online Feb. 19, his lawyers said in a court filing unsealed Monday. Although a social media posting on a Stone account said the publication date was coming March 1, and despite a filing from his attorneys Friday about an “imminent” book release, the actual publication date was Feb. 19, his lawyers said Monday.
— The Hill (@thehill) March 4, 2019