WASHINGTON — Citing a report from Fox News, President Trump said Thursday that the jury that convicted his friend Roger J. Stone Jr. was tainted by prejudice in the president’s latest attack on the case against his friend.
A day earlier, the judge overseeing the Stone proceedings, Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court in Washington, ruled against a previously sealed motion from Mr. Stone that claimed a different juror was biased and therefore he deserved a new trial.
Raising the notion of an additional biased juror, whom Mr. Trump referred to in his Twitter post as “the fore person in the jury,” the president continued his public complaints over Mr. Stone’s case, raising more concerns from Democrats and critics that he was improperly influencing Justice Department matters.
Fox News reported on Wednesday that the forewoman of the Stone jury was an anti-Trump Democratic activist.
It was not immediately clear why Mr. Trump put the word “justice” in quotes, as he praised the leader of the Justice Department, Attorney General William P. Barr, on Wednesday for an extraordinary decision to override a sentencing recommendation for Mr. Stone.
Mr. Stone, the self-described dirty trickster, was convicted last year of seven felonies for obstructing a congressional inquiry, lying to investigators and trying to block testimony from a witness. He faces time in prison, though how long he should serve has been the source of a dispute between the prosecutors on the case and leaders in the department.
The case has been peppered with colorful outbursts from Mr. Stone and a stream of reprimands from the judge, including violating gag orders by promoting his book on social media and posting a picture on Instagram of Judge Jackson with an image of cross hairs in the corner by her head.
The charges against Mr. Stone stem from the special counsel investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, an inquiry that Mr. Trump has dismissed as an illegitimate witch hunt led by senior law enforcement officials who did not want him to be elected.