The defamation trial of a friend and former adviser to President Trump was delayed in Manhattan Supreme Court Thursday just as jury selection was about to begin.
Roger Stone, flanked by Manhattan Madam Kristin Davis who joined him for moral support, expressed disappointment that he wouldn’t be able to take the stand regarding a 2010 campaign mailer he allegedly orchestrated, labeling longshot Libertarian candidate for governor Warren Redlich a “sick twisted pervert” and “predator.”
Stone said he has been busy recently complying with orders to preserve any records related to Russian interference in the U.S. election. He denies having had any role in Russian efforts to undermine the democratic process.
“I’d just assume get on with it,” Stone said of the case.
“The man has no evidence whatsoever,” he added regarding Redlich, who he has called “a crackpot.”
The trial was delayed due to haggling by both sides over potential witnesses and evidence in the case. Redlich, a lawyer representing himself, consented to postponing the trial, saying it was a strategic decision.
Stone said he’d taken a break from his busy schedule to attend court. He was eager to testify before both the Senate and House Intelligence Committee investigating Russia.
“It’s just time consuming,” he said. “I’m hoping to testify before the House committee because I’ve been maligned.”