Roger Stone picked ‘apart piece by piece’: CNN legal analyst slams ‘questionable decision’ to put him on the stand
Longtime Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone arrives for his arraignment on charges of lying to Congress. (AFP / Jim WATSON)

CNN's Gloria Borger said Roger Stone's lawyers' decision to put him on the stand to explain why he'd posted an image on Instagram of the judge presiding over his case with a crosshairs next to her face was "questionable" at best, as Judge Amy Berman Jackson "picked apart" his excuses.

"I'm thinking how risky it was to put him on the stand," Borger said. "It seems to me the judge is kind of picking him apart piece by piece."

Borger said the crux of Stone's problem was that the image originated on his personal phone, and while Stone claims a volunteer posted it, "he can't quite figure out who it was, even though it happened just days ago." The big questions, she added, were "who is he protecting", and why.

"I think putting Roger on the stand was really questionable," Borger added. "The judge is obviously a very good attorney. She's been able to kind of pick apart his story because he's unable to answer a very key question, 'who did this?'"

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