Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation tagged another big ticket name today with the arrest of Roger Stone, infamous Republican operative and advisor to the 2016 Trump campaign. Mueller has been looking into Stone’s clandestine communications with Wikileaks, a suspected outgrowth of the Russian intelligence apparatus and the organization responsible for releasing stolen DNC emails.
This new indictment, the most prominent to come down from Mueller’s office in some time, points towards the Trump campaign having knowledge of additional emails and it appears Stone was tasked by the campaign with obtaining them.
“A senior Trump Campaign official was directed to contact Stone about any additional releases and what other damaging information Organization 1 had regarding the Clinton campaign,” the indictment reads. Organization 1 is WikiLeaks.
With cameras there to catch it all, heavily armed law enforcement agents raided Stone’s house early this morning. Stone has been hit with seven different charges, including obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of making false statements, and a charge of witness tampering.
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CNN's @davidgshortell was on the ground when Roger Stone was arrested in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., this morning. He says he was monitoring the situation because of "unusual grand jury activity in Washington D.C. yesterday." https://t.co/Ljjyb8zTVN pic.twitter.com/O5rSFqbOcZ
— New Day (@NewDay) January 25, 2019
Now, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the woman who has been eating Trump’s lunch all week long, has weighed in on the stunning Stone development. When approached by reporters and questioned about the arrest, Pelosi couldn’t resist the urge to get in a dig at President Trump.
She delivered a perfect succinct response, laying out all the major implications of today’s indictment while also questioning Trump’s character and judgment. In particular, she zeroed in on the fact that he has a penchant for surrounding himself with a certain “kind” of person, that kind, of course, being criminals.
“It’s very interesting to see the kinds of people that the President of the United States has surrounded himself with. This connection to the integrity of our elections is obviously something we have to get the truth about, but it’s also bothersome to see his connections to Russia and the president’s suggestions that we should question whether we should be in NATO, which is a dream come true for Vladimir Putin,” said Pelosi.
Today is bad news for an administration that was already floundering to stay afloat. Now that the Mueller probe has surged back into the headlines, it will be interesting to see if it prompts Trump to retreat on his border wall funding in the short term and finally agree to end the government shutdown. He can only fight so many battles at a time.
Nancy Pelosi on the Roger Stone indictment:
"It is very interesting to see the kinds of people that the president of the United States has surrounded himself with." Via AP pic.twitter.com/Dlo1QQOL7a
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 25, 2019