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Roger Stone will have to appear in court after he posted a photo on his Instagram account that had a photo of Judge Amy Berman Jackson, the judge in his case, next to what appeared to be a small crosshairs.

Stone pleaded not guilty last month to obstruction of justice, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress after being indicted last week as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

Roger Stone, longtime political ally of President Trump, flashes a victory gesture as he departs following a status conference in the criminal case against him brought by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III at U.S. District Court in Washington on February 1, 2019.

Her order Tuesday also indicated the judge may be considering tightening the gag order in the case, which only prohibits him form making comments on the case from the courthouse steps.

In a new post containing a photo of Jackson without the crosshairs, he wrote: "Special counsel Robert Mueller used legal trickery to ensure that my upcoming show trial is before Obama appointed judge Amy Berman Jackson". Stone added an appeal for donations.

After he posted the photo Monday, Stone apologized and said the picture had been "misinterpreted". "Any inference that this was meant to somehow threaten the Judge or disrespect court is categorically false", he wrote.

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Stone eventually took down the post and apologized to the judge.

Stone also disputed that the original post included crosshairs. Earlier this month, Stone posted a photo of himself on Instagram with what appeared to be a large piece of gold tape over his mouth.

Stone also appeared on the Infowars show War Room, where he reiterated the post had been misinterpreted and blamed the media for doing so.

In a comment alongside the image of Judge Jackson, who is overseeing his trial, Mr Stone called the special counsel a "deep state hit-man".

Prosecutors said Stone lied about it to the House Intelligence Committee and told a witness to lie about it too.


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