Sanders dodges questions over potential Roger Stone pardon

Sanders dodges questions over potential Roger Stone pardon

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WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders dodged questions over a potential pardon for indicted Trump confidante Roger Stone on Monday, declining to definitively rule it out when asked point-blank.

Roger Stone looks on from the audience as the CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on Transparency & Accountability and Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian/TMN)
Roger Stone looks on from the audience as the CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on Transparency & Accountability on Dec. 11, 2018. (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian/TMN)

“I’m not going to get into that at this point, but if need be, we’ll let you know,” Sanders said when asked if she had spoken to the president on the issue.

When asked if the White House could guarantee that the president will not pardon Stone, Sanders dismissed the question as a “ridiculous” hypothetical.

Stone has been a friend and informal political adviser to the president for decades.

He was charged Friday on charges of obstruction, witness tampering and making five false statements to Congress.

The seven counts stemmed from conversations he allegedly had related to the release of Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The charges mark the latest indictment in Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s ongoing probe into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Stone has said he will plead innocent and fight the charges.

An eccentric political operative, Stone has kept up a heavy media presence after being released on bail, using various appearances to defend his innocence, play up his loyalty to the president and promote his legal defense fund.

Last month, Trump praised Stone on Twitter for publicly defending him amid the Mueller probe.

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