White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday reacted to news that former Trump associate Roger Stone was indicted for making false statements to the FBI, among other charges, by distancing the President from the arrest.
“My first reaction is simple: This has nothing to do with the President and certainly nothing to do with the White House,” she told CNN Friday morning. “This is something that has to do solely with that individual, not something that affects us in this building.”
When pressed further about Trump’s close relationship with Stone, especially during the 2016 campaign, Sanders shrugged it off and then pivoted to her boss’ favorite subject of distraction: What about Hillary Clinton?
“Look, Roger Stone is somebody who has been a consultant for dozens of Republican presidents and candidates and members of Congress. Conversations between those individuals have nothing to do with the fact of what the charges are about,” she said. “That’s about whether or not he made false statements. We’ll let the courts make the decision.”
“But I think the bigger question is, if this is the standard, will the same standard apply to people like Hillary Clinton, James Comey, (James) Clapper?” she continued. “Will we see the same people we know also made false statements, will that same standard apply? That’s a question we’ll see what happens on that front.”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Roger Stone indictment: This has "nothing" to do with Trump pic.twitter.com/vhwVbAFB4U
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) January 25, 2019