This morning, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation brought down Roger Stone, an infamous Republican operative and an advisor to the 2016 Trump campaign. Mueller has been probing Stone’s secret backchannels with Wikileaks, a suspected outgrowth of the Russian intelligence state and the organization responsible for releasing stolen DNC emails aimed at damaging Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
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.
Now, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been forced to address the bombshell arrest and did so with her usual obfuscation and misdirection. Rather than explain why another close associate of the president has been indicted, she pointed fingers at Trump’s political rivals.
“Will this 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 the same standards apply?” she said, trotting out the administration’s most pathetic and shopworn distraction technique. Those three individuals have nothing at all to do with Roger Stone’s arrest, Huckabee Sanders knows it, and the American people know it.
Far right hack and shameless Trump apologist Benny Johnson of The Daily Caller shared the clip. He called Sanders “100% correct,” which just shows you that even the in the face of overwhelming proof of criminality and mendacity, some people will still continue to cape for Trump. These sycophants are running out of talking points, and it’s delicious watching them squirm.
Watch the video below.
Sarah Sanders asks the correct question after Stone's indictment:
When will the FBI surround the homes of & arrest, "Hillary Clinton, James Comey, James Clapper? People we know have also made false statements [to the FBI] – will the same standard apply?"
100% correct. pic.twitter.com/pRwGCYWcBU
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 25, 2019