Amid speculation that longtime Trump aide Roger Stone might go to prison, CNN host Jake Tapper seemed to suggest that Stone wouldn’t mind that.
As IJR previously noted, Stone faced a multicount indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, which alleged that Stone made false statements when discussing his connections with WikiLeaks.
After his arrest, Stone seemed happy and appeared outside a Florida courthouse smiling at people who booed him.
One of Tapper’s panelists, former Obama adviser Jen Psaki, commented that “no one’s going to cry if Roger Stone goes to jail or when he goes to jail.” Tapper then suggested that Stone would somehow “like” prison.
“He might like it,” Tapper interjected before Psaki appeared to laugh and agree.
“He might, who knows?” she said.
Watch their exchange below:
After Psaki finished speaking, Tapper mentioned how Stone was a “dirty trickster.”
“Can I also just say, like, it’s pretty remarkable that the president of the United States has a close associate like Roger Stone,” he said. “I mean, there are dirty tricksters in every party and every corner of politics, but this is a close friend of President Trump’s, and this guy is awful.”
Stone, who is reportedly a self-described “dirty trickster,” didn’t seem afraid of controversy. After leaving the courthouse on Friday, he caught attention by giving the Nixon salute.
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As IJR Red noted, Stone vehemently denied any wrongdoing and accused the special counsel’s office of trying to suppress political expression.
“I intend to fight because this indictment is fabricated. This indictment is thin as can be,” Stone said.
He added that “there is a war on alternative media. There is a war where they are trying to criminalize political expression. There is a war where they are trying to criminalize free speech.”