Former Trump confidant Roger Stone seemed to have made a miracle recovery of his attack on food poisoning after he appeared at the federal court on Wednesday – flanked by an evangelical clergyman known for his anti-gay outbursts.
The self-proclaimed political filthy impostor was forced to dive out of his own lying to the Congressional trial on Tuesday after being struck by a mysterious stomach ailment.
But the 67-year-old was completely smiling when he immediately arrived for the start of the procedure today flanked by African-American pastor Randy Short, who wore full robes and sunglasses.
"They go back years, they have been friends for a while, he is a kind of spiritual adviser," said Delyon Gigger, an associated Liberation Church minister based in Washington, D.C.
& # 39; He is here for spiritual and moral support. He supports him, but I cannot speak about how he feels about his innocence or guilt. I don't think he's guilty, I think it's nonsense. & # 39;
Stone has previously described himself as a & # 39; libertarian and a libertine & # 39; and said he was & # 39; trysexual – I tried everything & # 39 ;.
Kiss of peace: Roger Stone and wife Nydia are greeted by Randy Short, an evangelical pastor who was with him for & # 39; moral and spiritual support & # 39;
Protest: an inflatable rat dressed as Donald Trump was set up to greet Roger Stone when he arrived for the second day of his trial
Restrained Entry: Roger Stone shuns his trademark channeling from Richard Nixon after a gag order was imposed by Judge Amy Berman Jackson
With a sharp gray suit, a blue striped shirt with an openwork collar and a striped tie, the experienced GOP agent relied on more than divine intervention to get him through the day, with a legal assistant who followed closely with a case of electrolyte enriched smart water.
Stone denies lying to a House Commission about attempts to collect information from Democratic emails that prosecutors say were stolen by Russia and distributed by WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign.
He was excused from court on Tuesday after complaining that he was suffering from food poisoning, leaned on his wife Nydia, and certainly looked uncomfortable when he left the US court in Washington at around noon.
THE COST AGAINST ROGER STONE
Roger Stone is responsible for:
1. Obstacle of justice, lying to Congress and witnessing tampering by trying to get Randy Credico to Congress
2. Lying to Congress that he had no emails or texts about Julian Assange
3. Lying when he claimed that his references to contact with Assange were actually about a & # 39; intermediary & # 39; went – Randy Credico
4. Lying that he is his & # 39; intermediary & # 39; has not asked to communicate with Assange
5. Lying that he is the & # 39; mediator & # 39; did not text or email about WikiLeaks
6. Lying that he never had a conversation with his & # 39; intermediary & # 39; with someone in the Trump campaign
But the experienced GOP agent was sharp again at 9:00 am to see how American District Judge Amy Berman Jackson continued to track down potential judges from a pool of 80.
The old Republican strategist was indicted by a large jury as part of Robert Mueller's special investigation into alleged collusion with Russia in the 2016 elections.
It is unclear how Stone & # 39; s previous stories about his sexually charged lifestyle can be viewed by Dr. Short, who has compared gay rights with Nazism and homosexuality with pedophilia.
In February, he launched a group called Gone Too Far with two other African-American clergymen who chose homosexuality & # 39; a behavioral choice & # 39; against a ban on conversion therapy and says that an equal law of democrats is being pushed in Congress by & # 39; the radical sodomy agenda, & # 39; pedophiles would be a & # 39; protected class & # 39; and the & # 39; call the pedophile account & # 39;
He names blacks who support Democrats & # 39; c ** ns & # 39; and & # 39; sold out slaves & # 39;
The RightWingWatch.org website registered it at launch: & # 39; We don't need Hitler; we have LGBTQ. & # 39;
Shortly before, he traveled to Iran to attend an anti-Israeli conference with Louis Farrakhan. He was questioned on his return by customs and border guards.
In 2016, he organized a press conference in Washington D.C. with Danney Williams, a man from Little Rock who claims he is Bill Clinton's love child.
The Stone process is not expected to repeat his self-proclaimed love for swinging clubs and libertine views.
Instead, it will focus on Stone's role as an alleged leadership between the Trump campaign and Wikileaks, who published politically explosive emails hacked by Russians of Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.
US intelligence services say the emails have been looted by the Kremlin to help Trump win, although Mueller's investigation has found no evidence of collusion between the campaign and the Russians.
Stone is accused of lying to lawmakers about WikiLeaks, tampering with witnesses, and obstructing a House intelligence committee.
The former Nixon campaign advisor – who has permanently tattooed the shamed former president's face – has always claimed he had no prior knowledge of hacked emails or information about when Wikileaks would publish them.
Stone assured DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview on January 4 that he would not be charged and said: “They have nothing. They have done their best, but I have done nothing illegal. & # 39;
But three weeks later, he was taken into custody by FBI agents with a gun in a dramatic raid on his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Stone, an old friend of the president, briefly served Trump's campaign, but was pushed away in the midst of fighting with campaign leader Corey Lewandowski.
The charge says he has repeatedly discussed WikiLeaks with campaign teachers in 2016 and had countless conversations about emails stolen from Clinton campaign president John Podesta.
Ready to declare his innocence: Roger Stone, who went to court with his second wife Nydia arm in arm, denies all charges
In the hot seat: the trial is being monitored by federal judge Amy Berman Jackson, a Barack Obama employee
WHO IS LOOKING FOR AT THE ROGER STONE TRIAL
Left-wing radio DJ, who says he should always have his therapy dog with him, is & # 39; Person 2 & # 39; in the charges against Roger Stone
Bianca de Coton de Tulear:
Credico & # 39; s 13-year-old therapy dog; unclear whether the court permits her in court
Former top assistant to Trump now runs an anti-impeachment podcast from his D.C. basement. He is expected to be a witness to the persecution
Former deputy Trump campaign leader Mueller has witnessed. Forced to reveal secret Russian mistress when he testified against Paul Manafort, his former boss
Conspiracy theorist associate of Stone; fought attempts by Mueller to force him into a plea. Earlier pushed false claim Barack Obama was born in Kenya
Theodore & # 39; Ted & # 39; Malloch:
Trump campaign figure whose role in contact with Assange will be investigated by prosecutors; previously wrongly claimed that he was a professor in Oxford and a Scottish laird
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton:
Will not appear as witnesses, but prospective judges were warned that they will be mentioned during the trial
After WikiLeaks released hacked DNC emails on July 22, 2016, the charge says a senior Trump campaign officer became & # 39; asked to contact Stone about additional releases and & # 39; what other malicious information & # 39; WikiLeaks had & # 39; regarding the Clinton campaign. & # 39;
Prosecutors refer to an October 2016 email from a & # 39; high-ranking Trump campaign officer & # 39; in which Stone is asked to inform about future releases of emails by & # 39; Organization 1 & # 39 ;, a reference to Wikileaks.
Stone replied that & # 39; Organization 1 & # 39; & # 39; a load every week & # 39; for the November 2016 general election.
The indictment does not mention the senior official, but is generally accepted as former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, who is on the list of potential witnesses to the Stone trial, along with Trump & # 39; s former deputy campaign leader Rick Gates, radio presenter of New York Randy Credico and conservative author Jerome Corsi.
Those four were mentioned in a questionnaire that was sent to potential jury members with a list of people who could be called or discussed as witnesses during the trial – just like Trump and Clinton.
Stone is also accused of threatening Credico in an attempt to prevent him from contradicting Stone's testimony before the House's intelligence commission. He reportedly told Credico that he had to & # 39; prepare to die & # 39; and he threatened to take his dog, Bianca.
In addition, prosecutors and lawyers at Stone argued about whether they could show a clip of the classic gangster film from 1974 The Godfather Part II.
Stone is said to have told Credico that he & # 39; a Frank Pentangeli & # 39; should do a reference to a character in the film who is lying to a congressional committee to help the Corleone family.
Credico said he plans to come to trial with Bianca, his therapy dog, a white Coton de Tulear. Also mentioned in the witness list was Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, although he is not expected to appear.
Assange fights extradition to the United States in London on charges of conspiring to hack government computers and violate a federal espionage law.
The run-up to this week's trial contained a lot of drama in itself, especially in February when Jackson Stone dragged to court to post an image on Instagram that depicted her with a cross-thread near her head.
In a written assignment, Jackson Stone forbade him to speak about his case through & # 39; radio broadcasts; interviews on television, on the radio, with printed reporters or internet-based media; press releases or press conferences; blogs or letters to the editor; and messages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other form of social media. & # 39;
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