Despite his involvement with the Trump campaign in 2016, Roger Stone’s current legal troubles have nothing to do with the president or the White House, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
Sanders told CNN Friday morning that Stone’s arrest, which took place during an early morning FBI raid, “has to do solely with that individual and not something that affects us here in this building,” according to The Daily Beast.
The White House and President Donald Trump have made similar statements regarding others charged in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, including former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Likewise, Trump has worked to distance himself from his former attorney, Michael Cohen, who has cooperated with the Mueller investigation and was charged by federal prosecutors in New York for numerous crimes unrelated to the Russia probe.
As for Stone, Sanders wrote off the significance of his arrest, despite charging documents that outlined how senior campaign officials were “directed” to contact Stone regarding WikiLeaks’ plans to release a batch of emails stolen from Hillary Clinton:
“Look, Roger Stone has been somebody who as a consultant for dozens of 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.”