Roger Stone, President Donald Trump’s associate who was arrested Friday morning, is a self-proclaimed king of political tricks with a love of vintage suits and conspiracy theories.
A Florida home of the 66-year-old veteran political consultant was surrounded by about a dozen heavily-armed FBI agents who arrested him with a surprise warrant, as seen in a CNN video. Stone has long denied claims that he had inappropriate contact with Russian intelligence during the 2016, but now faces formal charges of lying to investigators.
Here are a few things you might not know about the self-proclaimed “dirty trickster” who loves the limelight:
Nixon’s face is tattooed on his back
Stone has a portrait of a smiling Richard Nixon tattooed on his upper back, below his neck. Stone got the tattoo at a shop in Venice Beach and told The New Yorker that “women love it.” In Nixon’s later years, Stone organized a series of media lunches at the former president’s New Jersey home, The New Yorker reported with photos of a shirtless Stone.
“The reason I’m a Nixonite is because of his indestructibility and resilience,” Stone said in the interview. “He never quit.”
The tattoo of the 37th president has been widely shared on social media over the years.
He has a Netflix documentary
Stone is the focus of Netflix 90-minute film “Get Me Roger Stone.” The film offers a look at Stone’s controversial career as a political operative with a penchant for underhanded tactics. There is little praise for him — other than from Stone himself. At various points in the film, Stone’s critics call him a “sleazeball,” a “rat” and a “sinister Forrest Gump” who has a knack of turning up in all manner of political storms, from Watergate to the current controversy over Russia and Trump.
Stone doesn’t mind. In a wide-ranging interview with The North Jersey Record, he insisted that he loves the documentary — “warts and all.”
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He has hundreds of custom-made suits
In a 2017 interview, Stone said an entire room in his Harlem apartment was dedicated to display his 400 suits, mostly tailor-made, along with his 80 winter sport coats and 35 summer jackets.
“When I was younger I had 44-inch shoulders but a 31-inch waist, which meant you could never buy a suit off the rack, Stone said in an interview with Ivy Style. “So I started having things custom made … ‘“Look good feel good” is one of my rules.'”
He wrote a book on politics, business and style
Stone published “Stone’s Rules: How to Win at Politics, Business and Style” last year. An overview of the book details his thoughts on everything from “punking liberals” to how to make a signature marinara sauce.
In 2017, Stone told Vanity Fair he also had a deal for a book entitled “The Fall of Trump” about how the Russia investigation will take down the president.
“I hope it’s a book I don’t have to publish,” he said. “I just don’t think Trump is being told the truth about how bad things are.”
Contributing: Mike Kelly, North Jersey Record. Follow Ashley May on Twitter: @AshleyMayTweets