Roger Stone is already in hot water with Judge Amy Berman Jackson who is demanding that Stone explain by tomorrow why he didn’t bother to tell her that he has a new book coming out which appears to violate his gag order. Now Stone has a whole new problem, after he tried using some trickery to get his message out on Instagram, and got caught in the process.
Roger Stone is not allowed to make any public remarks about the criminal case against him, beyond generically professing his innocence. He’s been inching up against the line for the past week, by making Instagram posts that attacked the reporters who are covering the case against him. But it looks like Stone wanted to play with even more fire, so he made a post claiming he’s been “framed” – and he posted it as an Instagram Story, which is set to auto-delete after twenty-four hours.
Unfortunately for Roger Stone, he doesn’t appear to be aware that some political reporters work on the weekends, and sure enough, Shelby Holliday of the WSJ caught Stone in the act and posted a screen capture of the temporary post in question.
Did Roger Stone really think this was going to work, and no one outside his own support base was going to notice? Or is Stone trying to get himself thrown in jail? In any case, Judge Jackson can lock Stone up at any time. Considering the angry nature of her remarks on Friday about Stone’s book, we suspect she’ll be putting Stone behind bars before much longer.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report