White House press secretary Sarah Sanders spoke with CNN’s John Berman about the arrest of Trump campaign ally Roger Stone.
During her interview, the press secretary insisted that Stone’s arrests were not related to President Donald Trump himself.
“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 here in this building.”
When pressed as to the connection between the president and Stone during the Trump presidential campaign, Sanders said that “Look, Rodger Stone is someone who’s been a consultant for dozens Republican presidents and candidates and members of Congress.
“But conversations between those individuals have nothing to do with the fact of what these charges are about and that’s about whether or not he made false statements. We’ll let the courts make that decision.
“I think the biggest question is if this is the standard, will the same standard be applied 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.”
Berman then read from the court documents which stated that Stone was instructed by a Trump campaign official to inquire whether Wikileaks had damaging information on the Clinton campaign.
“Did the president direct someone to contact Rodger Stone about stolen emails?”
“I’m not going to be able to provide you some type of insight or legal analysis. What I can tell you is that these specific charges that have been brought against Mr. Stone don’t have anything to do with the president,” Sanders said.
“If you want to get into the weeds on that you’ll have to talk to an attorney.”
Sanders again reiterated that the charges brought against the campaign strategist centered around false statements made by Stone, which according to her, has nothing to do with the president.