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Politics Roger Stone still raising funds for defense days before trial begins

19:45  29 october  2019
19:45  29 october  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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With just one week to go until his federal trial begins on charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Roger Stone continues to raise money for his legal defense , the Sun-Sentinel reported on Tuesday.

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a man wearing a suit and sunglasses: Roger Stone's defense fund has a goal of $3 million.© Getty Images Roger Stone's defense fund has a goal of $3 million.

Stone, a longtime informal adviser to President Trump, attended an Oktoberfest event sponsored by the Florida Atlantic Conservative Team in Broward, Fla., Monday. There he fundraised for his defense while defending the president and criticizing Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

The Sun Sentinel reported that more than 45,000 people across the country have donated to Stone's defense fund, which has reached two-thirds of its $3 million goal. At the event Stone also nearly sold out of his book, "Stone's Rules: How to Win at Politics, Business, and Style."

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Roger Stone on Friday appears to have asked again for a new trial , according to his court case's docket and an update from the judge. All jurors in the Stone case were vetted for potential bias by the judge, Stone 's defense team and prosecutors before the trial began .

Stone argued that his trial should be reheard because one juror should not have been allowed to be on The defense has not presented grounds for a new trial or any reason to believe there has been 'a serious The rapid-fire developments in the case raised questions about the Justice Department's

The Hill reached out to Stone for comment.

Stone did not speak about his case at the event, as he is under a gag order that prevents him from discussing the trial set to begin Nov. 5 in Washington, D.C.

He has attempted to fight the gag order, but federal appeals court judges dismissed his petition last week. Stone repeatedly violated the gag order earlier in the summer with social media posts and news interviews, prompting a federal judge to expand the order to cover all social media platforms.

Stone faces charges of witness tampering, obstruction and false statements for his involvement in the Democratic National Convention email leak in 2016. He was indicted as part of former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in January.

At Monday's event Stone described the impeachment inquiry launched by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as a "danger to the president" and a "manic drive by the left-wing Democrats and their handmaidens in the mainstream media to remove him," according to the Sun Sentinel.

He also jabbed Romney by suggesting he is trying to prepare for another presidential run.

"So, Mitt, there's no market, there's no vacuum and there's no interest," he said, according to the Sun Sentinel. "You had two chances. We followed you down the road and you led us to defeat."

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