An upbeat Roger Stone drew a standing-room-only crowd at his Staten Island legal defense fundraiser Saturday night, complaining to supporters about the “relentless attacks” against him in the media but stopping short of violating the gag order in his upcoming Washington, DC, obstruction trial.
The controversial former adviser to President Trump was at an Annadale restaurant trying to recoup some of his $2 million in lawyer bills ahead of his Nov. 5 trial date.
At his side were his pal, former “Manhattan Madam” Kristin Davis, and former congressman Michael Grimm, who said he came to support Stone because he had been put through a similar “witchhunt”.
“And yes, I am eating a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches,” Stone regaled the crowd of about 100 — each of whom paid at least $150 to attend, referencing his money woes.
Stone claimed his online fundraiser, at stonedefensefund.com, has attracted 40,000 donors.
Still, he lamented his legal bills have cost him his home and his car.
“If you see a picture of me on social media, on Instagram, eating a big steak or a nice plate of lasagna, you can bet someone else is paying for it,” he noted.
Stone said he is no longer in touch with the President directly, but that their relationship goes back to 1979. Stone was then working for Ronald Reagan’s New York campaign and Trump was an influential donor.
Also in attendance was Rich Valdes, the talk show host and potential Republican challenger who says he will beat Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. He said Stone is getting “a raw deal” and added that he should know, because he himself is “sometimes labeled a jerk.”