WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Trump confidant Roger Stone (all times local):
A federal judge has restricted Roger Stone’s use of social media after finding that the longtime friend of President Donald Trump violated her gag order.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson told Stone on Tuesday that he could not use Instagram or other social media platforms while the case against him moves forward. She said the punishment was necessary because he had proven unwilling to adhere to her orders and to refrain from publicly commenting on the case.
She did not order him to jail.
Stone is charged in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, accused of lying to lawmakers and witness tampering.
Prosecutors argued Stone had violated the judge’s gag order by Instagram posts that disparage the Mueller investigation and the broader election interference probe.
A judge is hearing arguments about whether Roger Stone, a longtime friend of President Donald Trump, violated a gag order in a case that grew out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
Prosecutors have argued that Stone’s social media posts violate an order banning him from publicly commenting on his case. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson imposed the order in February after Stone posted a photo of the judge with what appeared to be crosshairs of a gun .
Since then, Stone has made additional Facebook and Instagram posts, including one that asks “Who Framed Roger Stone?”
Stone is charged with witness tampering and lying to Congress during Mueller’s investigation into ties between the rump campaign and Russia.
Defense lawyers deny that he violated the judge’s order.