Sarah Sanders: Roger Stone Indictment 'Has Nothing to Do With The President'

By Susan Jones | January 25, 2019 | 9:32am EST
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Photo: Screen capture/CNN)

( - "I can tell you the specific charges brought against Mr. Stone don't have anything to do with the president," White House spokewoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CNN’s “New Day” on Friday morning, shortly after longtime Trump associate Roger Stone was arrested at his Florida home on charges of obstruction, making false statements and witness tampering.

Asked for her reaction, Sanders said, "Real simple, this has nothing to do with the president and certainly nothing to do with the White House. This is something that has to do solely with that individual, and not something that affects us in this building."


Sanders noted that the Special Prosecutor’s case aginst Roger Stone is "about whether or not he made false statements."

"We'll let the courts make that decision,” Sander said. “I think a bigger question is, if this is the standard, will that same standard apply to people like Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Clapper? Will we see these same people who we know have also made false statements, will that same standard apply? That's a question that we'll see what happens on that front."

The indictment returned against Stone says after the July 2016 release of stolen DNC e-mails by Wikileaks, "a senior Trump campaign official was directed to contact Stone about any additional releases and what other damaging information (Wikileaks) had regarding the Clinton campaign."

Host John Berman pressed Sanders repeatedly on whether Donald Trump directed someone to contact Roger Stone about stolen emails.

"Look, John, I'm not an attorney," Sander said, noting that she hasn't read the indictment. "Even if I had I'm not going to be able to provide you some type of insight or legal analysis. I can tell you the specific charges brought against Mr. Stone don't have anything to do with the president."

"We don't know that yet," Berman insisted, asking again if Donald Trump himelf directed a senior campaign official to contact Roger Stone about Wikileaks.

"Look, I know the charges are about whether or not he gave false statements. And that's on that individual. That has nothing to do with the president. Those are the charges that they have brought against this individual. When you want to get into specific questions you'll have to talk to the president's outside counsel on that," Sander said.

Sanders added that she knows "there was no collusion, there was no wrongdoing by the president."

Sanders noted that media outlets, including CNN, "spent a significant time not only looking for information on Wikileaks but also reporting on it. Does that mean CNN is guilty of collusion? The charges brought against Mr. Stone have nothing to do with the president. That's what I'm clear on and that's what I can tell you about it today."

MRC Store