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Happy “Mueller Friday,” Everybody! Longtime Trump Advisor Roger Stone Arrested

Former Trump Associate Roger Stone Arrested In Charges Related To Mueller Investigation

Yet another member of Donald Trump’s criminal web has been arrested and indicted on charges related to his presidential campaign. This time, it’s Trump’s campaign advisor Roger Stone, the self-proclaimed “agent provocateur” with a tattoo of Richard Nixon on his back and a penchant for dressing like a cartoon villain.

Stone was arrested by a team of FBI agents early Friday morning–agents who, by the way, essentially did that job for free due to the furloughs of the government shutdown.

It’s always a toss-up as to how Trump will respond to one of his cronies being indicted. Will he go the Cohen route of ‘They’ve always been terrible, I just owed them a favor,’ ‘I barely knew them,’ or maybe the old standby of ‘this good person is being treated unfairly’? For Stone, he apparently just decided to throw all his rage spaghetti at the wall to see if something would stick, citing a “witch hunt” while also making allusions to immigration and, of course, fake news.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, meanwhile, who has not given a White House press briefing since December 18th, said that Stone’s arrest “has nothing to do with the President, certainly nothing to do with the White House.”

Except here’s the thing: THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT IT HAS TO DO WITH. That’s the only thing it has to do with!

Stone was indicted on seven counts, centering on his communications with Wikileaks regarding stolen DNC emails, as well as obstruction of justice in lying to lawmakers about those communications. And as with so many other inept instances of Trump-related crimes, these people really don’t know how not to leave a paper trail.

(Organization 1, ostensibly, is Wikileaks.)

Roger Stone has been a figure in the most corrupt corners and pivotal moments of American politics since the Nixon years. The Netflix documentary Get Me Roger Stone isn’t something I can exactly recommend because it will make your brain bleed, but it’s a depressingly accurate picture of how a terrible, sleazy, opportunistic, and not too intelligent man helped drive Trump to the White House.

In a 2008 New Yorker profile, Stone said that “Politics is not about uniting people. It’s about dividing people. And getting your fifty-one per cent.” In that way, he was the perfect fit for Trump, who didn’t seem to have any real ideologies of his own, other than getting to the White House. Together, they won by fear-mongering and by spreading misinformation about anyone who could be seen as an opponent–Clinton, liberals, immigrants, etc. Indeed, remember that whole “Hillary is so ill she has a stand-in” conspiracy? That was Stone’s idea.

So it’s a happy Muller Friday for all of us. Except, of course, for the entirely broken justice system that allowed Stone to already be released without bail.

This is a bit of a pick-me-up, though:

So Sarah Huckabee Sanders can try to distance Trump from Stone all she wants. Everyone else sees Stone for what he is: just one more criminal in a White House full of criminals Trump has surrounded himself with. He told the country he would drain the swamp, and indeed, he’s trying. But only so he can refill it with his own, more lucrative, sludge.

(via Politico, Washington Post, image: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Vivian Kane (she/her) has a lot of opinions about a lot of things. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband Brock Wilbur and too many cats.