A Supreme Court lawyer just torched Roger Stone for apparent threat on federal judge

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Earlier today, Trump associate Roger Stone sparked outrage by taking to Instagram to share a conspiracy-riddled post about Judge Amy Berman Jackson, the judge presiding over his case after he was arrested and indicted as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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In the image Stone shared, the judge’s head is flanked in the top left corner by crosshairs in what appears to be a deeply disturbing, implicit call to violence.

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Stone, who has been accused of witness tampering, obstruction, and making numerous false statements provided no further explanation for the Instagram post, and at first glance, it would appear to be a blatant violation of the gag order that the judge has handed down over the case. Whether or not Stone will face additional repercussions over this inarguably inappropriate behavior is still unclear, by now Supreme Court lawyer and former Acting Solicitor General of United States Neal Katyal has weighed in on the scandal.

Katyal called the post “beyond unacceptable” and urged  Trump to condemn it. While he is absolutely right and the president should condemn such an attack on the rule of law, Trump’s past behavior encourages little hope that he will actually do what is right. After all, Trump himself has repeatedly attacked our legal institutions and the Justice Department. One struggles to imagine him looking on Stone’s post with anything other than favor.

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Katyal went on to blame Trump for enabling this kind of vile behavior, appropriately calling it the behavior of “thugs and dictators.” He explained that at this point, any pardon of Stone would be a pardon for a man who is beyond a doubt a “thug” who stands for the “destruction of the Rule of Law,” an apt description of the lifelong dirty trickster.

If Trump were to follow through and offer a pardon, Katyal believes it would be a blatantly impeachable offense. In other words, Stone is digging his own grave with rhetoric like this and making it harder for his allies to actually help him. One can safely bet that before long Roger Stone will be seeing the inside of a prison cell.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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