It’s been a few hours since Special Counsel Robert Mueller had the FBI arrest Roger Stone on felony charges including conspiring with WikiLeaks on behalf of the Donald Trump campaign. Trump hasn’t said or tweeted anything in his own words yet, as he’s presumably too busy vomiting. Instead he sent White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to do his bidding for him, and it didn’t exactly go well.
Here’s what Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CNN about Roger Stone’s indictment and arrest: “The charges brought against Mr. Stone have nothing to do with the president, nothing to do with the White House.” Uh, nope. Nice try. Wrong answer. The indictment specifically spells out that a Donald Trump campaign official (since identified as Steve Bannon) was instructed to have Stone collude with WikiLeaks and report back to the campaign about anything damaging to Hillary Clinton.
This is straight up collusion, conspiracy, espionage, treason, or whatever you want to call it. Roger Stone worked with Julian Assange, a foreign enemy of the United States and wanted criminal, in order to alter the outcome of the presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor – and he did it at the direct instruction of the highest levels of the Trump campaign.
This denial by Sarah Huckabee Sanders doesn’t even address the fact that the Roger Stone indictment directly accuses Donald Trump and his campaign of instructing Stone to commit crimes. She went on to say that she hadn’t yet read the Stone indictment. No kidding. She clearly didn’t check with a lawyer, or anyone who could read, before issuing her incompetent denial. All she’s done is make Trump look more guilty.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report