In a social media post on Monday morning, Trump sycophant and pardon recipient Roger Stone revealed just how concerned he is about what will be revealed in Thursday’s House Select Committee hearing.
Stone described the upcoming hearing as a “trial by fire” and said that he’d be relying on his religious faith to get through the experience. He has already appeared before the House Select Committee to testify about his involvement in the events of January 6th, but exercised his Fifth Amendment rights and did not respond to questions.
Now there’s a new hearing coming up on Thursday, the ninth public hearing from the January 6th Committee, and Stone expects to be one of the subjects. He’s not expected to appear in person, so it’s not clear what his expectations are of a “trial by fire,” but his post, seen below, makes it clear he’s concerned.Stone says he expects “a torrent of smear, conjecture, supposition, and innuendo but few actual facts and zero evidence of wrongdoing,” but if he’s so confident that there’s no evidence against him, it’s unclear what, exactly, he’s so worried about.
He attached a Bible verse to the post, from Luke Chapter 21, in which Jesus is seen warning his followers that they will face persecution, unfair trial, and even imprisonment and death, for supporting him, appearing to hint that God is on his side and that he’s being victimized for being correct or even holy.
Despite his claims of persecution, there is already some evidence against Stone in the public sphere. Back in March, The Washington Post reported on a documentary that’s to be released later this year by a group of filmmakers who cover two years of Stone’s activities, including the time period leading up to the attempted insurrection.
Stone is right about one thing, though: a lot of difficulties — “trials by fire” if you like — are coming together for him at once. He’s just agreed to pay the IRS $2 million after being pursued for unpaid taxes, he’s been hit with a civil lawsuit for involvement in the January 6th attack, and of course, the House Select Committee is also investigating his involvement.
Steph Bazzle covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph.
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