A federal judge on Tuesday banned Republican operative Roger Stone from posting anything at all on major social media platforms after ruling that the longtime confidant of President Donald Trump violated an already strict gag order in his criminal case.
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson walked through a litany of Stone’s recent posts from his Instagram account that appeared to breach his order not to speak publicly about his case.
Jackson barred Stone from posting on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter — but she decided not to revoke Stone’s bail bond or hold him in contempt for violating her order.
Buzzfeed News reports:
Jackson’s order still allowed Stone to proclaim his innocence and ask for donations to support his legal defense, but nothing more. Stone puts up fundraising posts for his case on Instagram on a regular, if not daily, basis.
At Tuesday’s hearing, Jackson noted that in the months since imposing the gag order, she had allowed Stone to express himself in various ways — granting his requests to travel and speak, allowing him to associate with various organizations, and to advance his opinions about a variety of subjects.
Stone has continued to speak and post online in support of President Donald Trump, and has made a string of fundraising appearances across the country.
— Courthouse News (@CourthouseNews) July 16, 2019
Roger Stone will not be allowed to RT this tweet after judge's order today https://t.co/OiwyVRo5l6
— Dan Berman (@DHBerman) July 16, 2019
Ex-Trump adviser Roger Stone's not going to jail for violating a judge's order, but he's now banned from using social media to criticize the criminal case against him. He’s also charged with obstruction and witness tampering. Case is set for trial in November. @AndyNewsNowInDC
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) July 16, 2019