Instead of asking Roger Stone to surrender at his attorney’s office, the FBI raided his house in Florida Friday morning in the darkness raising questions to the tactics of the special prosecutor’s office. Dozens of FBI agents – who aren’t getting paid because of the Democratic government shutdown – were wearing tactical gear as if they were going to war at Stone’s Florida home.
Oddly enough one news company was there – CNN – and it was painfully obvious they had advance notice of the raid. CNN claims they had been watching Stone’s home for the past week, expecting him to be arrested.
Due to the lack of seriousness of the charges, Mr. Stone was released on a very small bond of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars. According to the court, Stone is not a flight risk.
The charges against Mr. Stone are circumstantial at best, and very shaky. Stone claims he has had no contacts with the Russian government or any of their agents, other than what has already been documented. This seems to be limited to handful of short private messages on social media of little importance.
“At the crack of dawn, 29 FBI agents arrived at my home with 17 vehicles, with lights flashing, when they could have contacted my lawyer,” Roger Stone told the press Friday after quickly being released. “The FBI agents were extraordinarily courteous.” According to Mr. Stone’s attorney, the entire arrest was a “spectacle” and a dog & pony show.
“A SWAT team, searching the house, scaring his wife, scaring his dogs—it was completely unnecessary,” Stone’s attorney told the press. “A telephone call would have done the job, and he would have appeared. Mr. Stone has nothing to hide.”
President Trump himself questioned how CNN was there. Trump mentioned how common criminals and drug dealers received better treatment. The FBI tried to play off the entire early morning incident as being routine. The only thing missing from the early morning raid was armored cars.
Mr. Stone continues to maintain his innocence.