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Roger Stone faces angry judge over gag order

Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times on

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WASHINGTON -- As a self-described Republican dirty trickster, Roger Stone spent decades gleefully and gratuitously inspiring ire among his critics and opponents.

Now the former political adviser to President Trump is struggling to stay out of jail while awaiting trial in the Russia investigation.

Stone is due back in federal court on Thursday to face U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is overseeing his case and appears to be running out of patience with him.

He first angered the judge last month with an inflammatory Instagram post that included a crosshairs symbol next to her head. In response, Jackson tightened her gag order and barred Stone from saying almost anything in public about the case.

But Stone is in hot water again because he failed to tell Jackson about the imminent publication of a book called "The Myth of Russian Collusion," an updated version of a tome that was first released shortly after the 2016 election.

The book includes a new introduction that takes direct aim at special counsel Robert S. Mueller III by calling him "crooked."

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An exasperated Jackson demanded more information about the book, and Stone's lawyers asked her forgiveness in a court filing on Monday.

"Having been scolded, we seek only to defend Mr. Stone and move ahead without further ado," they wrote.

It's unclear whether Jackson will agree with them. While overseeing the cases involving Paul Manafort and Richard Gates, the chairman and deputy chairman of Trump's campaign, she strictly policed gag order infractions.

Jackson sentenced Manafort, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in September, to prison on Wednesday.

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