Roger Stone kicked off Twitter after profanity-laced rant at CNN reporters

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A spokesperson for Twitter told The Hill on Saturday that the company does not comment on individual accounts, but pointed to its policy on abusive language, which may have been the reason behind Stone's suspension. The latter tweet, which could be interpreted as an incitement to harassment or violence, was the direct cause of the suspension, according to sources speaking to Recode. Responding to reports that his account was banned for good, Stone also said that he was told by Twitter that his suspension was supposed to last "three hours and 22 minutes", but the account has been dark all night and at time of publication, is still suspended. Even so, several screenshots of his meltdown have been taken and stored for posterity.

Stone has a tattoo of Richard Nixon's face on his back, and Stone has frequently embraced his own reputation as a political dirty trickster.

On Friday, CNN reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has issued the first indictment related to the ongoing investigation into the Trump administration's ties to Russian Federation.

While he acted as an adviser during the early days of the Trump campaign, he left his role in disputed circumstances in August 2015 - Mr Stone says he quit, Mr Trump says he was sacked.

Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, has been suspended from Twitter following a rant against two CNN reporters. "While I am uncertain why, sometimes the stark truth offends some people".

The first tweet targeted Tapper, with Stone writing that the anchor "must be held accountable for his lies and very severely punished".

Some reports suggested the Twitter ban is permanent, similar to the bans handed down to notable British misogynist Milo Yiannopoulos and conspiratorial trolls like Chuck Johnson.

"Twitter wants to avoid being regulated like a utility", he told the publication.

Stone said that Don Lemon "must be confronted, humiliated, mocked and punished" and that he's an "ignorant lying covksucker!", which appears to be a misspelling of "cocksucker".

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