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Roger Stone speaking in Buffalo to raise money for legal defense

WASHINGTON – Roger J. Stone Jr., a controversial right-wing political consultant who is under indictment and subject to a federal judge's gag order, is heading to Buffalo next month for a speaking event called "Uncensored Roger Stone."

The event will raise funds for Stone's legal defense, said longtime Buffalo developer and conservative activist Carl P. Paladino, who is hosting the event at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at Forbes Theater, 500 Pearl St.

"It's not going to be anything to do with his case," Paladino said on Friday. "He's going to talk about national politics, and he is going to get into his thinking, which is very experienced thinking about what the future holds."

Under the gag order, Stone isn't supposed to talk about his case, which is one of the remnants of special counsel Robert Mueller's two-year probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Stone, 66, is scheduled to go on trial in federal court in Washington on Nov. 5. He is charged with lying to Congress and obstruction of justice in connection with his role in trying to get information about hacked Democratic emails during the 2016 campaign.

Stone has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He drew the ire of the judge in the case when he took to Instagram to post the words "Corruption Central" and what appeared to be a gun's crosshairs next to a photograph of the judge.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson then ordered Stone to stop discussing the case against him in any detail.

While Stone won't be able to discuss the case against him or the Mueller probe, he will still have plenty to talk about.

Beginning as a low-level campaign aide to President Richard Nixon, Stone engineered a long career as a political consultant that culminated in a close relationship with President Trump.

Stone has also had a long relationship with Republicans in Buffalo, working on the late Rep. Jack Kemp's 1984 congressional campaign and on Paladino's successful bid for the 2010 GOP gubernatorial nomination.

Tickets for Stone's appearance, which are available on Eventbrite, cost $35. Stone will also sign copies of his books at the event.

Given that the event is being held in a theater that can hold 775 people, Stone's appearance could raise as much as $27,125 for his legal defense fund.

And while Stone won't be able to comment on the case, Paladino was more than happy to comment on Stone and the case against him.

"I think people in Buffalo respect him, and they respect the fact that Washington is a swamp and what they're trying to prosecute him for is totally unreasonable and just not American," Paladino said.

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