Lindsey Graham Demands Answers From FBI On The Heavy-Handed Arrest Of Roger Stone

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It’s no secret that Roger Stone and President Trump have been friends for decades. In fact, Stone has been involved in multiple presidencies starting with Richard Nixon. He was a key player in Trump’s election in 2016 and is a flamboyant, high-profile personality. I don’t care for everything Stone has done but nothing justifies in my mind the overblown and rough treatment he received from the FBI when he was indicted and arrested recently. There is just no excuse for treating Stone as if he is akin to El Chapo.

Perhaps Stone’s most famous quote is: “I have always said, the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.” The FBI played into that very nicely as they had more than two dozen FBI agents outfitted like SWAT that took Stone into custody before daylight and searched his home. Stone showed up in court with a cane and limping.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham has a whole bunch of questions for Christopher Wray, the current director of the FBI and Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into President Trump and Russian collusion. Chief among those questions is how CNN specifically was tipped off beforehand and was on scene to catch the footage of Stone being taken into custody.

Graham wrote a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday of last week. He asked Wray to explain whether this event was consistent with arrests of “similarly charged individuals.” Graham also wanted to know why Stone was arrested at home instead of going through his lawyers “to permit him to surrender voluntarily.”

“The American public has had enough of the media circus that surrounds the Special Counsel’s investigation,” Graham wrote, referring to Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. “Yet, the manner of this arrest appears to have only added to the spectacle. Accordingly, I write to seek justification for the tactics used and the timing of the arrest of Mr. Stone.”

In a court filing last Thursday, Robert Mueller had the nerve to write that he wanted to keep the Stone indictment secret until his arrest out of fear that making the charges public would “increase the risk of the defendant fleeing and destroying (or tampering with) evidence.” And yet, CNN had a front row seat to the event. Why was that?

Graham asked in his letter that the FBI brief the committee by Feb. 5th. As of late, Graham has turned into a political pit bull and is not likely to let this go.

“I am concerned about the manner in which the arrest was effectuated, especially the number of agents involved, the tactics employed, the timing of the arrest, and whether the FBI released details of the arrest and the indictment to the press prior to providing this information to Mr. Stone’s attorneys,” he wrote.

From Politico:

“FBI agents arrested Stone, 66, last week at his Fort Lauderdale home on charges that he lied to Congress and obstructed the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. A CNN television crew captured some footage of the arrest, though reporters for the news agency said they weren’t tipped off about the arrest beforehand.

“Stone accused authorities of using “Gestapo tactics” during the arrest.

“President Donald Trump weighed in on the subject later Wednesday, telling The Daily Caller in an interview that the raid was “unusual.“

“Well, when you have 29 people and you have armored vehicles, and you had all of the other — you know, many people know Roger, and Roger is not a person that they would have to worry about [from] that standpoint,“ Trump told the conservative online publication. “And I thought it was sad to see it. Very sad.”

“When The Daily Caller asked him whether he’d consider having the FBI review its use of force, the president replied: “I think it’s a good question for you to ask, and it’s something I’ll think about.”’

Graham asked Wray to answer the following questions:

1. Why was it necessary to arrest Mr. Stone at his home in the early morning hours rather than working through his attorneys to permit him to surrender voluntarily?
2. Was the manner of Mr. Stone’s arrest consistent with the arrests of, and procedure for the arrests of, similarly charged individuals?
3. Was the usual procedure for obtaining and executing arrest and search warrants followed with regard to Mr. Stone?
4. Did the Special Counsel’s office issue a press release and release the indictment to the press prior to informing Mr. Stone’s attorneys of the arrest?
5. Did anyone at the FBI, DOJ, or the Special Counsel’s office alert CNN, any other media outlet, or anyone outside of law enforcement that the arrest was going was going to occur on the morning of January 25, 2019?

All very good questions. CNN denies being tipped off… right.

From Roger Stone:

“This morning at the crack of dawn, 29 F.B.I. agents arrived at my home with 17 vehicles with their lights flashing, when they could simply have contacted my attorneys and I would have been more than willing to surrender voluntarily,” he said.

“They terrorized my wife, my dogs. I was taken to the F.B.I. facility, although I must say the F.B.I. agents were extraordinarily courteous. I will plead not guilty to these charges. I will defeat them in court. I believe this is a politically motivated investigation.,” he said.

“I am troubled by the political motivations of the prosecutors, and as I have said previously, there is no circumstance whatsoever under which I will bear false witness against the president nor will I make up lies to ease the pressure on myself. I look forward to being fully and completely vindicated.”’

Both Manafort and Stone have now been pinched on process crimes because there is nothing to the whole Russian collusion thing. But Mueller is determined to punish them and he took them down just as the FBI did Scarface in Chicago. It’s sneaky and should not be allowed. The Washington Examiner put it perfectly: “Graham is right to put FBI between a Stone and a hard place.”

Sources: Illicit Info, Politico, Breitbart, Washington Examiner

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