Roger Stone allegedly sold cover of a 1990s magazine autographed by Trump as NFT to pay legal bills
Trump’s ally, Roger Stone, is said to have auctioned off a cover of a 1990s real estate magazine as “NFT” in an apparent fundraising attempt.
The 69-year-old, a long-time associate of the former US president, described the cover of the magazine from the 1990s as an article “Donald Trump loves” and which also features his autograph.
He confirmed the offer was his on Wednesday, with Politics was reportedly unable to confirm the authenticity of Trump’s signature. The publication date of the magazine was also unclear.
Mr Stone told the news site he believed it was “really real” and that Mr Trump signed the front page with his own face in 1999.
He allegedly wrote in a message to Mr. Stone: “To Roger: you are the greatest”.
The magazine is an edition of Real Estate – New York, and advertised an article titled: “Exclusive: Trump’s Most Successful Deal of the ’90s.”
Like Politics reported, the magazine cover will be sold as a non-fungible token, or NFT, which is a digital file or token form that is not interchangeable. As of Thursday, however, no offer had been made.
It appears on the auction site Handbid.com, and says that a physical copy will also be released if bids on the item reach $ 200,000 (£ 149,000), along with a ‘one of one’ or ‘NFT’ digital copy.
Mr Stone, who was pardoned by Trump for lying to Congress about Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 US presidential election, added in an email to Politics that he faces “formidable” legal fees.
It comes amid legal challenges related to his alleged role in the January 6 riot on the United States Capitol.
He said: “The cost of my defense in 6 unmerited but sensationalist remaining civil harassment suits and the J-6 [January 6th] Witch Hunt[means[mylegalexpensesareformidable[means[mylegalexpensesareformidable[signifie[mesfraisjuridiquessontformidables[means[mylegalexpensesareformidable
Mr Stone added that “cancer therapies not covered by insurance for my wife are not cheap either.”
He told Congress earlier this month that he was asserting his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, rather than testifying before the House committee investigating what happened that day. He accuses him of having raised funds for a “Stop the Steal” rally which took place before the attack.
Additional reporting by The Associated Press.