Did former Trump advisor Roger Stone violate the judge's gag order by posting on Instagram and planning the publication of a new edition of his book?— New Day (@NewDay) March 5, 2019
"I think he's playing with fire," says CNN's @JeffreyToobin. "[I] don't think this will get him locked up, but it might." pic.twitter.com/HH8nkP2Kmw
CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin said on Tuesday that Roger Stone, already barred from discussing his legal battle in public, was “playing with fire” after the former Trump surrogate published yet another Instagram post objecting to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
Stone, who was charged in Mueller’s probe in January, posted an image to Instagram over the weekend suggesting he was being framed. He has been under a gag order that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson extended in February after Stone posted an image showing the judge’s head next to crosshairs.
“I think he’s playing with fire,” Toobin said of Stone’s latest posting. “I think he could get locked up. I mean, this is insane, what he’s doing.”
Later on Tuesday, Berman Jackson reiterated the gag order against Stone, explicitly stating that he may not discuss his opinions of Mueller’s investigation or his case in public.
“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,” the order states.
Berman Jackson also ordered Stone to produce documentation surrounding the re-release of his 2017 book that includes a new introduction criticizing Mueller, arguing Stone had opportunities to inform the court that the book would be published but failed to do so.