This morning, the FBI and local police conducted a raid on the home of longtime Trump advisor Roger Stone, arresting him on the orders of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The high profile raid of the infamous Republican operative’s house was caught on camera by CNN and quickly went viral.
Mueller has been looking into Stone’s clandestine communications with Wikileaks, a suspected outgrowth of the Russian intelligence apparatus and the organization responsible for releasing stolen DNC emails.
Stone was hit with seven different charges, including obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of making false statements, and a charge of witness tampering. The development is terrible news for an administration that has been teetering on the edge of implosion for weeks now, sapped of political capital by the government shutdown and the Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives.
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." https://t.co/Ljjyb8zTVN pic.twitter.com/O5rSFqbOcZ
— New Day (@NewDay) January 25, 2019
The Hill reports that CNN stated that they were the only network to get the arrest on camera because one of their producers and a photojournalist were staking the house out waiting for the Mueller indictment that many expected might be coming down the pipes.
“Stone’s possible indictment has been looming for months now, as Mueller has interviewed many of his associates and others connected to the longtime Trump confidante, whose political career dates back to President Richard Nixon,” reported CNN.
Trump quickly took to Twitter and attacked CNN for airing the footage, alleging that they were tipped off. As usual he failed to provide any evidence of his claims.
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?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2019
Now, CNN has fired back at the president over his comments, stating that they were able to obtain the footage due to “determined reporting and interpreting clues reveal in the course of events.”
After explaining themselves, they got a nice little zing in stating, “That’s called journalism.” It was a clear rebuke of a president who has waged war on the media and First Amendment since he was sworn in, and a pushback against his constant complaints of “Fake News.”
This is a victory for the free press.
CNN’s ability to capture the arrest of Roger Stone was the result of determined reporting and interpreting clues revealed in the course of events. That’s called journalism. #FactsFirst https://t.co/71zu7RylxX
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) January 25, 2019