Press Secretary Huckabee Sarah Sanders is not in the mood for the news media’s spin on Friday morning, in the wake of the arrest of Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Donald J. Trump.
“I was a member of the campaign which is why I know there was — as I have said a dozen times, as the President said probably hundreds of times, there was no collusion, there was no wrongdoing by the President. What I also know is that outlets just like yours, CNN spent a significant time not only looking for information of Wikileaks but also reporting on it. Does that mean CNN is guilty of collusion?” Sanders asked CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.”
Berman did not answer Sanders’ question.
“The charges brought against Mr. Stone have nothing to do with the President. That’s what I’m clear on and that’s what I can tell you about today,” she said.
Stone was arrested by the FBI in a pre-dawn raid Friday morning and charged with making false statements, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering.
The crux of the investigation into Stone is that he sought “hacked documents related to Hillary Clinton’s campaign WikiLeaks would release during the 2016 election season.”
Stone himself never hacked anyone. In fact, the DNC may not even have been hacked – that is still not settled. The bottom line, to Sanders’ point, is that obtaining opposition research against a political foe is a normal campaign activity. Mueller’s team has spun up a process crime against Stone after investigating him for something that is not even a crime in the first place.
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Supreme Court Contender Amy Coney Barrett Visits White House as Trump Prepares to Announce Pick
She’s reportedly the frontrunner.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett visited the White House on Monday, as President Donald Trump zeroes in on selecting a nominee to fill the vacant seat on the US Supreme Court.
Barrett is reportedly a front-runner for the judicial nomination. She’s a generally conservative judge, with a staunch pro-life record. Her track record on immigration law issues is generally conservative.
Barrett currently serves as a circuit judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has advised President Trump that she is his preferred candidate for the seat on the court.
President Trump had confirmed that he plans to nominate a woman to fill the seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who died of complications from pancreatic cancer on Friday.
Democrats have launched a full-fledged fit urging President Trump to give them a break and decline to nominate a conservative justice, but they won’t be so lucky. Republican Senators and President Trump have rallied around the notion of appointing a justice before the November election, fulfilling their constitutional responsibilities.
Trump confirmed that he would be revealing the identity of his judicial nominee on Friday or Saturday, taking a few extra days to vet candidates. Florida Judge Barbara Lagoa is reportedly another candidate being considered for the nomination.
President Trump says he has 5 women on his Supreme Court shortlist: "On Friday or Saturday, I'll be announcing the pick." pic.twitter.com/gItX7ClDcm
— VosIzNeias (@VINNews) September 21, 2020
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