The White House distanced itself today from the ex-collaborator of Donald Trump’s president, Roger Stone, and said his detention “has nothing to do” with the president.
“This has nothing to do with the president, nothing to do with the White House,” Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement to CNN television.
Stone, one of Trump’s former collaborators investigated for the alleged coordination between the ruling team of the government and the Russian government to favor him in the 2016 elections to the detriment of the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, was arrested this morning by the FBI in his Fort Lauderdale house, in Florida.
Trump’s former associate, 66, has been indicted by the special prosecutor investigating the case, Robert Mueller, on several counts, including obstruction of justice, false statements and attempted manipulation of witnesses.
Also the president’s lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, told The Washington Post about Stone’s arrest that this case is mainly about false statements, and not about a conspiracy with Russia that splashes the president.
The false statements “are not right, you should not do that,” Giuliani told the newspaper, and insisted that “there is no evidence of anything other than false statements.”
“The president is safe here,” he said.
The arrest occurred shortly before 6.00 in the morning local time when a group of FBI agents arrived at the home of the former Trump ex-collaborator and took him after inspecting the house, which they agreed to after the ex-collaborator Stone himself opened them the door, according to CNN.
Stone is scheduled to appear today in a court in Fort Lauderdale, Mueller’s office confirmed to Efe.
Stone briefly worked as Trump’s adviser during the presidential campaign, although he continued to offer his services informally after leaving it in 2015.
On December 3, Trump praised on Twitter that Stone announced that he was not going to testify in the case opened by Mueller.
“I will never testify against Trump.” This statement was recently made by Roger Stone, basically saying that he will never be forced to invent lies and stories about “President Trump” by a prosecutor who goes free and is out of control. ) Good to know that some people still have ‘guts’! “, the president then wrote.
According to The New York Times, Stone has been a long-time collaborator of Trump and has spent decades managing the threads of politics to influence various US electoral campaigns. (EFEUSA) .-