The forewoman of the jury that convicted former Donald Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone showed clear animus against Trump in a slew of social media posts that surfaced after she identified herself as the foreperson while issuing a defense of government prosecutors who withdrew from the case this week.
Tomeka Hart said Wednesday that she led the jury that convicted Stone on seven counts of witness tampering, obstruction of a congressional investigation, and lying to Congress last year. Hart said she wanted to speak out following four prosecutors withdrawal from the case after the Department of Justice issued revised sentencing recommendations to federal judge Amy Berman Jackson.
“I want to stand up for Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Michael Marando, and Jonathan Kravis—the prosecutors on the Roger Stone trial,” Hart wrote on Facebook. She said she was pained to see the Department of Justice “interfere with the hard work of the prosecutors,” who “acted with the utmost intelligence, integrity, and respect for our system of justice.”
“The prosecutors who have now resigned did a masterful job of laying out every element of every charge, backed with ample evidence,” Hart wrote. “As foreperson, I made sure we went through every element, or every charge, matching the evidence presented in the case that led us to return a conviction of guilty on all 7 counts.
Hart said she initially kept silent for her own safety and decided to remain silent “out of fear of politicizing the matter.”
“But I cant keep quiet any longer,” she added.
— Tomeka Hart (@hartformemphis) August 19, 2017
After Hart identified herself as the head juror, people on social media began going through her social media posts.
The posts show animus against Trump, including showing Harts belief in the theory that Trump and his campaign colluded with Russian actors to win the 2016 election. Special counsel Robert Muellers team couldnt establish any conspiracy or cooperation between Trump or his campaign and Russia.
In one post in 2017, Hart shared a quote calling Trump “the #KlanPresident,” apparently referencing the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan group. The quote was from filmmaker Ava DuVernay. In another post that year, Hart wrote that she marched with others past Trumps hotel in Washington.
“Marched by 45s hotel…and the crowd went booooo!!! Then yelled shame, shame, shame as we walked by!” she wrote. Trump is the nations 45th president.
In a post in 2018, Hart praised an official of UnidosUS, formerly the National Council of La Raza, for “firing us up and calling us to act against the oppressive, racist agenda of 45s admin.” And she said that Trump supporters were racist for “co-signing and defending a racist and his racist rhetoric.”
In January 2019, Hart shared a Twitter post from CNN analyst Bakari Sellers that was about Roger Stone. Stone “has yall talking about reviewing use of force guidelines,” Sellers wrote after FBI agents conducted a pre-dawn raid on Stones house that was captured by CNN cameras. Sellers listed a number of people who had not prompted talk about the guidelines. “But Roger Stone!!! Think about that,” he wrote.
That same month, Hart shared an NPR article that included information about Stones indictment.
On Nov. 15, 2019, the day Hart and fellow jurors voted to convict Stone, Hart posted a tweet containing four emojis: two hearts and two fist-pumps. A Facebook post she linked to in the tweet was deleted.
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