Roger Stone has addressed Naples Republicans in recent years
Roger Stone, a confidant of President Donald Trump and a key figure in the special counsel's Russia probe, defended his decision to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in future testimony before Senate lawmakers. (Dec. 6) AP
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Roger Stone — arrested early Friday at his Fort Lauderdale home — has visited Naples a few times in recent years.
The longtime adviser to President Donald Trump spoke at a Collier for Trump Club gathering in November 2017 at ROW Seafood Restaurant in North Naples. He visited there again in February 2018 for a book signing.
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In a telephone interview then with the Naples Daily News, Stone described Trump as a strong leader and an egomaniac, noting that "these are the things they said about both Andrew Jackson and Theodore Roosevelt, two of our greatest presidents."
"There is no question that President Trump has his idiosyncrasies, that he's a unique individual in every single way," Stone said in the November 2017 interview.
"But it's a leadership style that works. It may not be the leadership style that those in politics are used to but, like Reagan, he's an extraordinary communicator. He has focus of mind and a persistence that you rarely see in our presidents.
"I think that's his greatest attribute."
A seven-count grand jury indictment against Stone revealed Friday included counts of obstruction of an official proceeding, false statements and witness tampering.
Stone said in the November 2017 phone interview that he had testified before the U.S. House Intelligence Committee. He said he told House members he never knew of or participated in any Russian "conspiracy, collusion, coordination or communication" with the Trump campaign.
"There is no Russian collusion that I'm aware of," he said in the 2017 Daily News interview. "I never took the Fifth Amendment in my testimony. I answered all their questions fully and honestly."