Judge orders Trump confidant Roger Stone to court over Instagram post

Update: A US federal judge has ordered longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone to appear in court to address his Instagram post featuring a photo of her with what appears to be the crosshairs of a gun.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that Stone must prove why his bail should not be revoked and why she should not institute a full gag order in the case.

After he posted the photo on Monday, Stone apologised and said the picture had been "misinterpreted".

Judge Jackson has already issued an order limiting comments in the pending case.

Stone has pleaded not guilty to lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering related to discussions he had during the 2016 election about WikiLeaks.

The anti-secrecy group released material stolen from Democratic groups including Hillary Clinton's campaign.

[h2]Earlier: Trump confidant Roger Stone apologises to judge for Instagram post

US President Donald Trump's longtime confidant Roger Stone has apologised to the judge presiding over his criminal case for an Instagram post featuring a photo of her with what appears to be the crosshairs of a gun.

Stone and his lawyers filed a notice on Monday saying he recognised "the photograph and comment today was improper and should not have been posted".

Earlier on Monday, Stone had posted a photo of US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson with what appeared to be crosshairs near her head.

He later said the picture had been "misinterpreted" and that any suggestion he intended to threaten Judge Jackson was "categorically false".

Stone is charged with lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering related to discussions he had during the 2016 election about WikiLeaks.

He has denied guilt.

PA

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