White Home press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday declined to say whether or not President Donald Trump directed a senior marketing campaign official to instruct longtime confidant Roger Stone to contact WikiLeaks, after Stone was arrested early Friday.
“A senior Trump Marketing campaign official was directed to contact Stone about any extra releases and what different damaging info Group 1 had concerning the Clinton Marketing campaign,” the indictment from particular counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation reads, referring to Stone’s 2016 contact with WikiLeaks, which later leaked a trove of emails from the marketing campaign of Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton.
Requested in regards to the indictment and Stone’s arrest on CNN, Sanders wouldn’t say whether or not Trump directed the official, who is probably going Steve Bannon.
“I haven’t learn this doc. I’m not an legal professional. I’m not going to have the ability to get into the weeds on the specifics,” she mentioned, earlier than claiming: “That has nothing to do with the president.”
She repeatedly claimed Stone’s arrest “has nothing to do with the president and definitely nothing to do with the White Home. That is one thing that has to do solely with that particular person, not one thing that impacts us on this constructing.”
Sanders additionally made a false equivalence, evaluating Stone to Trump administration foes like Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey and former Director of Nationwide Intelligence James Clapper.
“Will the identical normal apply to individuals like Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Clapper?” Sanders requested of Stone’s prices for making false statements.
Stone, a casual adviser to Trump, has admitted to contacting Russian intelligence officers and WikiLeaks in the course of the 2016 marketing campaign.