Early Friday morning, the FBI conducted a pre-dawn SWAT-style raid on the south Florida home of longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone, who was indicted by Robert Mueller’s special counsel team and arrested on several process crime charges, including allegedly lying to Congressional investigators.
In an interview with CNN, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders asked whether the same standard of justice applied to Stone would be used against other individuals also accused of lying to federal authorities, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, fired FBI Director James Comey, and former NSA chief James Clapper.
Where are the raids on Clinton, Clapper and Comey?
CNN asked Sanders for her opinion on how things would play out legally for Stone. Avoiding speculation, Sanders simply replied, “We’ll let the courts make the decision.”
“A bigger question is: If this is the standard, will the same standard apply to people like Hillary Clinton, James Comey and (James) Clapper?” she asked.
“Will we see the same people we know have all made false statements?” she continued. “Will that same standard apply? That’s a question we’ll see what happens on that front.”
Similar crimes, disparate treatment
The charges against Stone stem from special counsel Robert Mueller’s collusion investigation and include one count of obstructing justice, one count of tampering with a witness and five counts of lying to Congress.
It is well known that Clinton lied to the FBI with regard to her private email server scandal, and it is known that she destroyed evidence that had been under subpeona … yet she has yet to be arrested for lying to investigators or obstructing justice.
Comey has been shown to have lied under oath during Congressional testimony, as has Clapper, yet both of them have yet to be arrested in pre-dawn raids by heavily-armed law enforcement officers.
Sanders’ rhetorical questions drilled down right to the heart of the disparate treatment in these cases — Stone is being prosecuted for lying, while Clinton, Comey, and Clapper all went free after doing the same thing.
Was CNN tipped off about the raid?
Another major question to arise from the Stone arrest: How and why were a CNN reporter and camera crew so conveniently on scene and ready to film the surprise raid?
Some wondered if CNN received a tip ahead of time, either from Mueller’s team or the FBI.
For their part, CNN has denied being tipped off prior to the raid. Instead, they say they were merely in the right place at the right time, and decided to stake out Stone’s home in the early morning hours on a lucky guess … an explanation that few, if any, outside CNN’s orbit are buying.