The federal government deployed more human assets to nab Roger Stone than it did to get the world’s Number One terrorist.
In a pre-dawn raid — conveniently captured by CNN cameras — FBI agents swarmed Stone’s home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to arrest him for process crimes related to Robert Mueller’s Russia collusion investigation.
After a court hearing, Stone told reporters the raid involved 29 agents and 17 vehicles.
When questioned as to why he was outside Stone’s home over an hour before the arrest when neither Stone or his attorney even knew the raid was coming, Shortell claimed that his “reporter’s instinct” was to thank and that he “thought maybe something was happening” because of “unusual Grand Jury activity in Washington DC yesterday”.
Shortell also revealed that CNN reporters were the only journalists at the house when the arrest was made.
Earlier, former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren tweeted that the “FBI obviously tipped off CNN” before the raid, but later walked it back, claiming anyone could have tipped them off.
Shortell also commented on the heavily armed presence of the FBI agents and police officers involved in the arrest, stating that they were wearing “tactical vests” and carrying “large weapons”.
FBI Tipped Off CNN Before Raiding Roger Stone
The American Bar Association, which has given Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh its highest rating, called Thursday for a delay in his confirmation proceedings to allow for an FBI investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations made against him.
In a letter addressed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley and ranking Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein, ABA president Robert Carlson wrote that Supreme Court appointments are “ simply too important to rush to a vote.”
“Deciding to proceed without conducting additional investigation would not only have a lasting impact on the Senate’s reputation, but it will also negatively affect the great trust necessary for the American people to have in the Supreme Court,” Carlson wrote.
The ABA had previously given Kavanaugh its highest possible rating, a unanimous, “well-qualified.” During Thursday’s intense Judiciary hearings, that rating was cited more than once.
President Donald Trump expressed his alarm over the Brett Kavanaugh allegations on Wednesday, saying that the new standard set by the media, Democrats, and the left was “dangerous.”
“This has everything to do with our country,” Trump said. “When you are guilty until proven innocent, it’s just not supposed to be that way.”
The president commented on the Kavanaugh accusations during a press conference at the United Nations in New York City.
Trump said that he grew up hearing the phrase “innocent until proven guilty,” suggesting that it was the proper application of justice in America.
He said that the allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh set a different standard by his enemies because he was nominated to the Supreme Court.
First it was Christine Blasey Ford who will testify tomorrow alongside Brett Kavanaugh whom she accused of sexual assault in 1982; then it was Deborah Ramirez, the second accuser who claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a drunken party when they were freshmen at Yale University; then on Wednesday Julie Swetnick, defended by pop lawyer Michael Avenatti, said that Kavanaugh took part in efforts during high school to get girls intoxicated so that a group of boys could have sex with them. Kavanaugh rejected the latest claim Wednesday as “ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone.”
Then, late on Wednesday an anonymous fourth woman accuser emerged when NBC reported that the Senate Judiciary Committee was inquiring about at least one additional allegation of misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Republican Senate investigators asked Kavanaugh about an anonymous complaint alleging that he physically assaulted a woman in 1998, according to a transcript from that phone call.
An ex-boyfriend of Julie Swetnick, the third woman to accuse Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, filed a restraining order against her in Florida in 2001, Politico reported.
“She’s not credible. Not at all,” her ex-boyfriend, Richard Vinneccy, told Politico, which broke the news of the restraining order.
Vinneccy filed the complaint on March 1, 2001 alleging that Swetnick, 55, threatened him after he broke up with her after a four-year relationship.
Following an intense week of salacious claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has scheduled the confirmation vote for Friday morning at 9:30 a.m., following Thursday’s planned testimony by both Kavanaugh and accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.
A third rape accuser has been rolled out against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh ahead of his confirmation hearing scheduled for Friday.