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Trump attacks Stone juror during hearing on motion for new trial

President Trump on Tuesday renewed criticism of the jury forewoman in the case of his longtime associate Roger Stone, accusing the woman of bias just as a federal judge held a hearing for Stone’s motion for a new trial.

“There has rarely been a juror so tainted as the forewoman in the Roger Stone case. Look at her background. She never revealed her hatred of ‘Trump’ and Stone,” Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon while on a flight back from India.

“She was totally biased, as is the judge,” Trump wrote, calling the case a “miscarriage of justice” that is “sad to watch.”

Stone was sentenced to three years and four months in prison last week by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointee, after being found guilty on charges brought against him by former special counsel Robert Mueller that include lying to Congress and witness tampering.

Stone’s case has been at the center of drama because of the president’s public comments about it that began earlier this month with him criticizing a sentencing recommendation made by federal prosecutors.

Attorney General William Barr has publicly discouraged Trump from tweeting about Stone’s case and other ongoing cases, in a rare break with the president.

Around the time that Trump sent the tweet, Berman Jackson in, courtroom remarks, rebuked Trump and conservatives in the media for criticizing the juror.

There was massive speculation last week that Trump would pardon Stone. The president hasn’t ruled out pardoning his once informal adviser but said Thursday that he would wait for the legal process to play out, saying he believed he has a “very good chance of exoneration.”

“I’m not going to do anything in terms of the great powers bestowed upon a president of the United States. I want the process to play out,” Trump said during a graduation for ex-prisoners in Las Vegas. “I think that’s the best thing to do. Because I’d love to see Roger exonerated, and I’d love to see it happen, because I personally believe he was treated very unfairly.”

Trump has repeatedly singled out the jury forewoman, whose political views expressed on social media have come under scrutiny since she identified herself publicly as a member of the jury that convicted Stone. 

Updated at 3:57 p.m.

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