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COMMENTARY OF THE DAY
By
Robert Namer
Voice Of America
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March 07, 2019

     Stone is a fool. Roger Stone is one step closer -- again -- to being in serious trouble with a federal judge that has let him out on bail. Judge Amy Berman Jackson told Stone on Tuesday that the recent re-release of his book that calls special counsel Robert Mueller "crooked" isn't in line with her strict gag order on his case.

     The order on Tuesday comes as another blow to Stone in the slow march toward his criminal trial. After he was arrested in late January for witness intimidation and lying to Congress, Jackson told him he could not speak in and around the federal courthouse and should be careful what he said publicly. He then posted on Instagram a picture of Jackson with crosshairs behind her, and so she told him less than two weeks ago he could no longer speak publicly about his case, the court or Mueller.

     The same week she tightened the gag order, a publisher began selling revised copies of Stone's book from two years ago, with a new introduction that criticized the Mueller investigation. Jackson hasn't yet found that Stone broke the court's orders, but her assessment of his book re-release on Tuesday condemns his recent actions and makes clear she is taking a long, hard look at whether Stone crossed the line again.

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