Roger Stone played a key role in blocking the recount of votes in Florida that would have cost George W. Bush the Presidency in 2000. He played a similar role in 2020 on behalf of his longtime client and part-time friend, Donald Trump. Stone expected to be with the President watching the situation unfold on January 6, 2021, but he wasn't invited to the White House. He expected to address the crowd at the ellipse –a small entourage of Proud Boys and Oath Keepers were set to accompany him– but he was never summoned. He watched the storming of the capitol on a TV set in his room at the Willard Hotel, fuming as it sank in that Rudy Giuliani and a newcomer named John Eastman were in the inner circle and he wasn't. Then he flew down to Florida on a private jet. More
This content originally appeared on CounterPunch.org and was authored by Fred Gardner.