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Roger Stone Forced To Make Groveling Apology In Court: He Begged The Judge For Mercy

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The hammer is slowly but surely coming down for the close friends and allies of President Donald Trump for the part they played in the antics of 2016. We saw it happen for Mike Flynn, then Michael Cohen, then Paul Manafort, and now Roger Stone. It is over two years since the Justice Department commissioned former Director of the FBI Robert S. Mueller to be a Special Counsel and set up a probe in order to investigate the quickly growing claims that the 2016 campaign to elect then Republican candidate Donald Trump to the White House as President of the United States and leader of the free world had colluded with Russian state actors in order to steal the result of the election from rival Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and then committed obstruction of justice afterwards in a desperate attempt to cover it up. Finally, though, progress is being made, and Stone is in court.

However, Stone is about as good with social media as the current President of the United States – so, totally awful. He recently thought it would be a good idea to post to his social media accounts a photo of the federal judge who would be presiding over his case with what appeared to be the crosshairs of a gun target near her face. Stone, of course, styles himself as a political bad boy, relishing in the attention inevitably given to someone who drops hints so unsubtle they clang that he frequently bends the rules in order to get his way, and never gets found out. (The irony of that, given the current situation, is not lost on us.) That is why it is so odd to hear him pour his heart out to US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington in such a desperate and cringeworthy fashion:

“I don’t offer any rationalization or excuse or justification. This is just a stupid lack of judgment,” said Stone in court. “I regret it.” His attorney Bruce Rogow later followed up with another apology, saying: “It is indefensible.” To which Judge Jackson responded: “I agree with you there.” Ouch!

Only time will tell how this will actually play out for Stone, but it is not looking good. After hearing his grovelling apology, Judge Jackson loosened the gag order she recently imposed, but is showing no signs of going easy on him when it comes to the numerous criminal charges he faces.


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