Roger Stone still raising funds for defense days before trial begins
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Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneAuthorities prepared to hand over Roger Stone records to media: report Bannon: 'We need the Republican establishment on board' to reelect Trump 2019 in Photos: 35 pictures in politics MORE is still raising funding for his defense days before his federal trial starts.

Stone, a longtime informal adviser to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE, attended an Oktoberfest event sponsored by the Florida Atlantic Conservative Team in Broward, Fla., Monday. There he fundraised for his defense while defending the president and criticizing Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRomney pledges 'open mind' ahead of impeachment trial Juan Williams: Counting the votes to remove Trump Roberts under pressure from both sides in witness fight MORE (R-Utah), the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported

The Sun Sentinel reported that more than 45,000 people across the country have donated to Stone’s defense fund, which has reached two-thirds of its $3 million goal. At the event Stone also nearly sold out of his book, “Stone’s Rules: How to Win at Politics, Business, and Style."

The Hill reached out to Stone for comment.

Stone did not speak about his case at the event, as he is under a gag order that prevents him from discussing the trial set to begin Nov. 5 in Washington, D.C.

He has attempted to fight the gag order, but federal appeals court judges dismissed his petition last week. Stone repeatedly violated the gag order earlier in the summer with social media posts and news interviews, prompting a federal judge to expand the order to cover all social media platforms.

Stone faces charges of witness tampering, obstruction and false statements for his involvement in the Democratic National Convention email leak in 2016. He was indicted as part of former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE’s investigation in January.

At Monday’s event Stone described the impeachment inquiry launched by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhite House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team House revives agenda after impeachment storm Democrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public MORE (D-Calif.) as a “danger to the president” and a “manic drive by the left-wing Democrats and their handmaidens in the mainstream media to remove him," according to the Sun Sentinel. 

He also jabbed Romney by suggesting he is trying to prepare for another presidential run.

“So, Mitt, there’s no market, there’s no vacuum and there’s no interest,” he said, according to the Sun Sentinel. “You had two chances. We followed you down the road and you led us to defeat.”