Eight days after Judge Amy Berman Jackson threatened to jail former Trump adviser Roger Stone over an image posted on Stone’s Instagram account that appeared to encourage violence against Judge Jackson, the Trump consigliere is in trouble again for failing to disclose the “imminent general rel[e]ase” of a book.
Stone faces criminal charges after he allegedly communicated directly with Russian operatives and the site WikiLeaks regarding hacked emails stolen from Democratic operatives during the 2016 presidential election. According to Stone’s indictment, a senior Trump campaign official “was directed” to speak with Stone regarding WikiLeaks’ publication of former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s stolen emails.
While Stone’s case was pending, the Trump confidant published an image of Jackson which juxtaposed her face next to a crosshair. The text accompanying the image accused Special Counsel Robert Mueller of engaging in “legal trickery” to get Jackson assigned to the case, though it offers no evidence to support this allegation.
After ordering Stone’s attorneys to explain why their client should not be jailed or prevented from speaking to the media, Judge Jackson responded to the menacing image by ordering that Stone “is prohibited from making statements to the media or in public settings about the Special Counsel’s investigation or this case or any of the participants in the investigation or the case.”
On Friday, just over a week after Stone escaped being jailed for his Instagram post, Judge Jackson issued a new order.
In a sealed motion filed by Stone’s attorneys, the lawyers referenced the “imminent general rel[e]ase” of a book that Stone appears to be involved in. Jackson’s latest order requires Stone’s lawyers to identify “the specific date of the ‘imminent general rel[e]ase’ of the book,” and to explain “why this matter — which was known to the defendant — was not brought to the Court’s attention” during previous filings of during the hearing regarding the Instagram post.
It is unclear what action, if any, Judge Jackson will take once she receives this explanation, but her order suggest that she is concerned that the book may violate her previous order prohibiting Stone from making statements “about the Special Counsel’s investigation or this case or any of the participants in the investigation or the case.”
If that order is violated, Jackson could impose further sanctions on Stone — including potentially ordering him jailed while his trial proceeds.