The controversial Republican politician – who twice served in the U.S. House before losing a 2014 bid for the U.S. Senate against incumbent John Cornyn – appeared Friday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Smith, just hours after the criminal complaint against him was unsealed.
Former Congressman Steve Stockman (left) and Ted Nugent (right)
Stockman said after the hearing that he had been targeted for speaking out against the Internal Revenue Service, and cited the right-wing conspiracy theory that contends bureaucrats are secretly running the U.S. government.
“This is part of a deep state that’s continuing to progress,” he said.
He was released from federal custody Thursday on a $25,000 unsecured appearance bond after being arrested a day earlier as he tried to board a plane at Bush Intercontinental Airport to the Middle East.
He said he was going to the United Arab Emirates to help Sunni Muslims, which he described as an ongoing project after serving on the foreign affairs committee in Congress.