Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, ripped into reporters for placing an inordinate amount of energy covering the indictment of Roger Stone. On CNN she reminded the panel that the charges against Stone had nothing to do with supposed collusion between President Trump and Russian agents.
Sanders bigger question was if former candidate Hillary Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper would ever be held to the same standard as Roger Stone.
Stone was indicted last weekend on seven counts by Special Counsel Robert Muller.
During her CNN interview, Sanders reminded viewers there are no charges against Stone for having suspect conversations with Trump. Like all of Mueller’s other indictments, Stone faces charges, not for any crime involving the Presidents but rather making misleading statements.
Sanders, known for her tenacity, circled back to the point at hand saying:
“I think a bigger question is, if this is the standard, will this same standard apply to people like Hillary Clinton, James Comey, James Clapper?” Will we see these same people who we know have also made false statements, will that same standard apply?”
Tucker Carlson echoed Sanders on Fox News when he noted a litany of deceptions and lies to Congress from former Obama administration officials and holdovers Trump had to deal with.
In 2017, Former Director of the FBI James Comey testified before Congress that he never authorized the FBI to leak anonymous sources about the Russia or Clinton investigations. Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe later contradicted Comey’s statements.
In 2016, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified to Comey’s FBI that she did not know of the 33,000 emails that landed in the laps of Russians operatives. After one day of testimony, Comey abruptly announced Clinton would face no indictments because he didn’t want to “influence” the presidential election.
In 2013 Clapper denied in testimony before Congress that the federal government collected “metadata on Americans’ phone records.” That testimony later proved to be a blatant lie.
Since Sanders interview with CNN, it has been revealed that the FBI may have tipped off the network about the time and place of Roger Stone’s arrest.
Tucker Carlson pursued the issue further on his nightly show when he compared the handling of Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen’s conviction and the lack of pursuit of others who lied to Congress.
Carlson noted, “The problem is if you’re going to enforce statutes you must enforce them fairly and equally.” He added, “The law had to apply to everyone otherwise it’s not really a law – it’s a political weapon.”
According to him, there have been hundreds of occasions where someone lied to Congress between the end of World War 2 and 2007. In that 60 years, just 6 people have faced trial for what Stone may spend the rest of his life in prison for.
The case of James Clapper is enough to prove Sander’s point. Near the end of a 2013 open session of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Ron Wyden (Dem – OR) asked then Director of National Intelligence Clapper if intelligence officials collect data on Americans.
Clappers answer was: “No, sir,” and, “Not wittingly.”
In the months that followed former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden provided proof that Clapper’s contention was blatantly false. Reports showed the feds collected and stored bulk metadata of American phone records and had methods for capturing a vast amount of email and Internet data as well.
Whether James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Cohen, or Hillary Clinton are guilty the question is why is a minor player in the Trump universe strong-armed into a quick conviction yet Clapper and Comey continued to be lauded by the press? How can Hillary Clinton possibly be considering another run at the White House?
As Sarah Sanders proved in her response to the White House press corps and CNN: politics (for them) is more important than equal justice.