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Trump Attacks CNN Over Roger Stone Arrest: 'Who Alerted Them?'

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President Donald Trump questioned how CNN received a heads up about Friday’s FBI’s pre-dawn raid of his longtime associate Roger Stone’s home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

CNN was on hand when a large contingent of FBI agents dressed in full tactical gear pounded on the front door of Stone’s house, announcing they had a warrant for his arrest.

Stone, 66, is seen showing up in his pajamas at the door.

After learning of Stone’s arrest, Trump tweeted, “Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country! NO COLLUSION! Border Coyotes, Drug Dealers and Human Traffickers are treated better.”

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Trump also suggested CNN had been tipped off about the raid, writing, “Who alerted CNN to be there?”

CNN’s David Shortell, who covered the raid, denied he had any inside knowledge, telling his colleague anchor Alisyn Camerota, it was “reporter’s instinct” that had him there when the FBI showed up.

He said there had been some “unusual grand jury activity” on Thursday, explaining that special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury usually meets on Fridays.

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Shortell noted the contrast in the show of force while taking Stone into custody versus former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort walking in the front door of an FBI field office in Washington, D.C., to surrender himself.

The Hill reported that a federal magistrate judge ruled later on Friday morning that Stone was not a flight risk and allowed him to be released on a $250,000 bond.

After being freed, Stone told reporters, “At the crack of dawn, 29 FBI agents arrived at my home with 17 vehicles with their lights flashing, when they simply could have contacted my attorneys. I would have been more than willing to surrender voluntarily.”

“They terrorized my wife,” he added. “Although, I must say the FBI agents were extraordinarily courteous” once they had taken him into custody.

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Stone said he will plead not guilty to the seven charges brought against him.

“I will defeat them in court,” he pledged. “I believe this is a politically motivated investigation … 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.”

Mueller’s indictment alleges that Stone made “multiple false statements” to the House Intelligence Committee regarding his interactions with “Organization 1,” which is believed to be WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks released troves of Democratic emails during the 2016 race.

The indictment also accuses Stone of obstruction of justice.

Trump’s personal attorney, Jay Sekulow, noted that nothing in the indictment alleges collusion between Stone and the Russians, according to The Hill.

“The indictment today does not allege Russian collusion by Roger Stone or anyone else,” Sekulow said in a statement. “Rather, the indictment focuses on alleged false statements Mr. Stone made to Congress.”

The Justice Department tasked Mueller with investigating potential interference by Russia in the 2016 presidential election.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Graduated dean's list from West Point
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
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We Hold These Truths
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Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Phoenix, Arizona
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Politics, Entertainment, Faith