Roger Stone, the self-proclaimed dirty trickster and longtime confidant of President Donald Trump, was excused during jury selection Tuesday at his federal lying-to-Congress trial after complaining of food poisoning.
Stone apparently became ill as the first potential juror, a former press secretary for the Office of Management and Budget during the Obama administration, took the stand.
The juror acknowledged that she had negative views of Trump.
“I have, apparently, some food poisoning,” Stone told U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, according to Politico. “I don’t want to waste the court’s time or the time of the jurors.”
Stone, wearing dark sunglasses, left the courtroom with his wife and daughter while carrying a bottle of Gatorade.
Earlier, a person sitting in the gallery’s back row began moaning and then collapsed.
The judge cleared the courtroom as medical officials took care of the man.
After a 45-minute delay, the proceedings resumed.