The judge presiding over Trump confidante Roger Stone’s case dressed him down for posting a photo of her with a thinly-veiled threat — and referenced a would-be domestic terrorist while doing so.
During the hearing about Stone’s Instagram post that featured U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson with a crosshair symbol placed near her, the judge in question was solemn in her condemnation of the imagery.
As Vox’s senior political correspondent Andrew Prokop noted on Twitter during the hearing, Jackson alluded to Christopher Hasson, the separated Coast Guard lieutenant and accused white supremacist who was foiled Wednesday before undertaking acts of domestic terrorism.
The judge, Prokop tweeted, said that “you don’t even have to look at the papers beyond today” to see the real threat inciting violence poses.
“Roger Stone fully understands the power of words and the power of symbols,” Jackson added. “And there’s nothing ambiguous about crosshairs.”
ABJ says the post had a “sinister message.” “Roger Stone fully understands the power of words and the power of symbols. And there’s nothing ambiguous about crosshairs.”# p #6_9 # ad skipped = true #
— Andrew Prokop (@awprokop) February 21, 2019# p #7_9 # ad skipped = true #
Jackson later placed Stone under a strict gag order that bars him from posting on social media or making any public appearances. It’s the second time in a week that the Trump confidante has been placed under a gag order.
Hasson also faced a judge on Thursday and was ordered to be held in police custody for up to two weeks while prosecutors sift through the cache of evidence taken from his Maryland apartment, including reported hit lists and manifestos claiming he wanted to “kill almost every last person on the earth.” Prosecutors may bring additional charges related to his alleged terror plot.