Roger Stone—the guy who kisses former President Donald Trump’s ass at every turn, has a tattoo of Richard Nixon on his back, and takes his style cues from Judge Doom of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? fame—now claims documentary footage of him isn’t actually him, but a “deepfake” instead.
Stone would ordinarily probably own this comment, but there’s a wrench: On Wednesday, clips from the same Danish film crew’s documentary will be shown during the televised public hearing by the House Select Committee Investigating the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol. This footage, and other clips that have yet to be released, will be used to reinforce the evidence that there was a plan for violence and election denial long before Jan. 6 and even days before the 2020 presidential election.
Tuesday, CNN released the footage.
CNN reports there’s no evidence leading anyone to believe that the person speaking in the clips provided by the Danish film crew is anyone other than Stone his repulsive self, but that hasn’t stopped Stone from pathetically railing against the media.
According to The Hill, the House committee “reviewed three years’ worth of footage and ultimately settled on playing 14 clips totaling about 10 minutes of footage at Wednesday’s hearing,” but which clips the public will see has yet to be determined.
The Washington Post initially reported on the documentary from filmmakers Christoffer Guldbrandsen and Frederik Marbell in early March 2022. Titled A Storm Foretold, the film follows Stone in his feverish efforts to support Trump in the deception that the 2020 election was stolen by Joe Biden. It was during the reporting of this story when he was asked for comment that Stone alleged the documentary footage of him were “deepfakes” and denied association with the Jan. 6 insurrection.
“Any claim, assertion, or implication that I knew about, was involved in, or condoned the illegal acts at the Capitol on Jan 6 is categorically false, and there is no witness or document that proves otherwise,” Stone wrote in an email to the Post at the time.
On Monday, the Post reported that Stone repeated the allegations on Telegram, writing, “CNN airs fraudulent deep fake videos and expects anyone to believe them.”
Another clip, also obtained by CNN, shows Stone suggesting on Nov. 1, 2020 that Trump should ignore the actual results of the 2020 election and simply announce his victory.
Tuesday, CNN released this video footage of Stone describing the plan to challenge the 2020 election results; it was filmed four months before Election Day.
“I really do suspect it’ll still be up in the air. When that happens, the key thing to do is to claim victory. Possession is nine-tenths of the law. No, we won.”
Stone was also caught in the film bitching about the White House Council Office a week after Jan. 6, apparently because they said Trump wasn’t legally allowed to provide preemptive pardons.
In December 2020, Stone received a pardon from Trump, commuting his 40-month prison sentence after the MAGA confidant had been indicted on charges in 2019 of lying to Congress about what he and then-candidate Trump knew about the Russian plan to undermine Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Stone’s indictment included witness tampering, where, according to the Post, federal investigators allege he repeatedly chided a possible witness, even threatening them with a directive to “prepare to die.”
Stone was hit with a Jan. 6 House panel subpoena last November. When he finally appeared for his closed-door deposition, Daily Kos’ Brandi Buchman writes, it was December and he invoked his Fifth Amendment right, but not “before slamming the investigation of the Capitol attack as an anti-Trump fishing expedition.”
As for the documentary, Buchman writes that in one scene from the film where Stone’s cell phone screen is visible, Proud Boy and longtime FBI informant Enrique Tarrio appears to be a part of a group chat, along with Oath Keepers leader Elmer Stewart Rhodes.
Jury selection began Tuesday in Rhodes’ seditious conspiracy trial.
Buchman writes that Rhodes, a resident of Granbury, Texas, will face jurors alongside co-defendants Thomas Caldwell, Kenneth Harrelson, Kelly Meggs, and Jessica Watkins. U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, will preside.
The trial will stretch roughly five weeks as prosecutors make their case against the former leader of the extremist group and work to convince jurors that Rhodes, Caldwell, Harrelson, Meggs, and Watkins conspired to stop the lawful transfer of presidential power on Jan. 6, 2021 by force. Rhodes and his co-defendants could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
On Jan. 5 and 6, Stone used the Oath Keepers as his personal security detail.
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