When Roger Stone was arrested by the FBI at the crack of dawn last Friday, CNN was there with cameras rolling. More than one person has asked how CNN knew to be there. CNN offered a lame reason that no one is buying. Now, one Republican is demanding a probe.
Congressman Demands Probe into CNN’s Presence at Roger Stone FBI Raid
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) on Friday sent a letter to the Department of Justice asking for an investigation into whether details of political operative Roger Stone’s indictment were leaked to the media ahead of his dramatic pre-dawn arrest.
CNN’s cameras were staked outside Stone’s Fort Lauderdale, Florida, home when over a dozen heavily armed FBI agents arrested him shortly after 6:00 a.m. EST. According to CNN crime and justice producer David Shortell, the network set up a crew outside the home after “noticing unusual grand jury activity” in connection to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe the day prior.
However, Biggs, a member of the Freedom Caucus and ally of the president, isn’t buying CNN’s assertion.
“On January 25th, FBI agents executed an arrest warrant on Roger Stone pursuant to a grand jury indictment in the District of Columbia. At approximately 5:59 a.m. CNN’s morning show ‘New Day’ posted a tweet with a video showing FBI agents in full tactical gear executing the arrest of Mr. Stone,” the Arizona Republican wrote.
“It is hard to believe that this reporter and camera crew showed up at the home of Mr. Stone, on the right day at the right time, on a hunch,” he continued. “This leads me to believe that CNN may have received advance notice of the date and time of the arrest.”
It really looks like CNN had some inside knowledge here. They need to explain it and if they won’t, they should be investigated.