Trump Slams Mueller 'Witch Hunt'; 'Who Alerted CNN to Be There?'

By Susan Jones | January 25, 2019 | 12:04pm EST
How did CNN get exclusive video of the FBI's pre-dawn raid on Roger Stone's Fort Lauderdale home? (Screen capture/CNN)

( - In a mid-morning response to the indictment of his friend and former campaign adviser Roger Stone, President Trump tweeted: "Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country! NO COLLUSION! Border Coyotes, Drug Dealers and Human Traffickers are treated better. Who alerted CNN to be there?"

At 8 a.m., CNN's "New Day" played video of the pre-dawn, 6 a.m. raid on Stone's Fort Lauderdale home.

"Our CNN cameras were there exclusively when FBI agents, you can see them in riot gear, approached Stone's house before sunrise at around 6:00 this morning," host Alisyn Camerota told viewers.  "They raided his home, and they arrested Roger Stone."

CNN played video of the armed FBI agents, dressed in helmets and bullet-proof vests, pounding on Stone's door, yelling for him to "open up," which Stone did -- peacefully.

"They're wearing bullet proof vests," Camerota said. "One had a helmet on. I mean, agents wear that when they don't know what they're going to encounter, and it is just remarkable to see this because this is not how anyone else connected to the Robert Mueller investigation has been arrested -- not Paul Manafort. This is not a civilized let's-walk-into-the-courthouse with our attorney. This is something quite different."

A CNN contributor agreed with Camerota that cooperative witnesses with attorneys are not usually stormed before dawn:

"And this is a standard procedure to arrest someone when you don't have a belief that they'd come in voluntarily," the CNN contributor said. "It could be that they're afraid he'll flee; it could be that there's evidence he would destroy and they wanted the element of surprise. They're going in at the crack of dawn with agents fully armed and there's a reason. We don't know that fully yet, but there's a reason they did that."

In an early morning tweet, CNN's "New Day" explained how a TV crew just happened to be in Stone's neighborhood before dawn: "CNN's @davidgshortell was on the ground when Roger Stone was arrested in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., this morning. He says he was monitoring the situation because of 'unusual grand jury activity in Washington D.C. yesterday.'"

Back to Trump's question: "Who Alerted CNN to Be There?"

Attempts to reach the FBI press office during the shutdown were unsuccessful.

But some suspect that Mueller's office or someone in the FBI or even the grand jury tipped off CNN, a liberal media outlet that Trump has blasted as "fake news."

Journalist Greta van Susteren tweeted: "CNN cameras were at the raid of Roger FBI obviously tipped off CNN...even if you don’t like Stone, it is curious why Mueller’s office tipped off CNN instead of trying to quietly arrest Stone; quiet arrests are more likely to be safe to the FBI and the person arrested."

In a second tweet, she wrote: "Weird that Roger Stone arrested in FBI raid early this morning rather than surrender w/ lawyer at FBI office...did they think he would flee? Fear destruction of evidence? Or did he make the FBI and Mueller so mad so that they did it this way?"

Following his (shackled) court appearance on Friday morning, Stone was released on $250,000 bond, and his passport was confiscated.

The skeptical tweets about the manner of his arrest keep coming:

Fox New's contributor Sara A. Carter: "I just wonder what the armed FBI agents were thinking when they stormed Roger Stone's house in a predawn raid with heavy weapons and tactical gear and found an old disheveled guy in pajamas with glasses on answering the door."

Herman Cain: "In a miraculous bit of totally-unplanned coincidence, CNN cameras just happened to be on the scene about an hour before the raid took place. So, who tipped them off?"

And Ann Coulter: "Strange part of Roger Stone raid: Usually the FBI reserves these heavily armed paramilitary-style raids for small Cuban boys & random innocent citizens like Randy Weaver."


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