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Surveillance footage of Stone arrest aired by Sinclair

Surveillance footage of Stone arrest aired by Sinclair

Postby smix » Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:46 pm

Surveillance footage of Stone arrest aired by Sinclair
The Hill

URL: https://thehill.com/homenews/media/4291 ... y-sinclair
Category: Police
Published: February 8, 2019

Description: Sinclair Broadcast Group on Thursday aired video of President Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone's arrest by FBI agents, which showed a T-shirt-clad Stone being led by armed agents out of his residence for charges of witness tampering and obstruction of justice. The right-leaning network aired the footage, apparently from Stone's own in-home surveillance system, on Thursday afternoon nearly two weeks after the former Trump associate was indicted over his contacts with WikiLeaks during the 2016 election. In the video, Stone can be seen wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase "Roger Stone did nothing wrong," and is led away after being met at the door by agents armed with rifles and full tactical gear.



Stone pleaded not guilty to the charges last week, while decrying the manner by which he was arrested. “The idea that a 29-member SWAT team in full tactical gear with assault weapons would surround my house, 17 vehicles in my front yard, including two armored vehicles, a helicopter overhead … and that I would open the door looking down the barrel of assault weapons, that I would be frog-marched out front barefooted, handcuffed, when they simply could have contacted me,” he told ABC's George Stephanopoulos. Stone is accused of making multiple false statements to Congress about his contacts with WikiLeaks during the campaign, and his indictment also states that a senior Trump campaign official was "directed to contact Stone about any additional releases and what other damaging information [WikiLeaks] had regarding the Clinton Campaign." "Stone thereafter told the Trump Campaign about potential future releases of damaging material by [WikiLeaks]," the document reads. Thousands of stolen emails from the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee were posted on WikiLeaks during the 2016 election, of which Stone previously denied having advance knowledge.
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Acting AG Whitaker: 'Deeply Concerning to Me' How CNN Found Out About Stone's Pre-Dawn Arrest

Postby smix » Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:26 pm

Acting AG Whitaker: 'Deeply Concerning to Me' How CNN Found Out About Stone's Pre-Dawn Arrest
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URL: https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/su ... stones-pre
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Published: February 8, 2019

Description: (CNSNews.com) - "Were you aware of Roger Stone's indictment before it became public?" Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, asked Acting (and soon-to-be-departing) Attorney General Matt Whitaker at a hearing on Friday. Whitaker said yes, he's been briefed on the Special Counsel's investigation: "That would have been considered a development that I would have been briefed on, and I was briefed on that." Collins noted that a CNN team was waiting outside Stone's home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, last month, before dawn, when dozens of FBI agents in tactical gear showed up to arrest him at gunpoint.



Stone later told reporters that a simple request to his attorney would have produced the same result with less of a spectacle -- but a public spectacle was the point, Stone argued, to make him look like "public enemy number one." On Friday, Whitaker said the he was aware -- and deeply concerned -- about CNN being there to cover Stone's arrest: "I was aware of that, and it was deeply concerning to me, as to how CNN found out about that," Whitaker said. (CNN insists it was not tipped off about Stone's arrest. CNN said it was just good reporting -- noticing "unusual activity" at the grand jury venue in Washington that prompted a CNN team to wait outside Stone's house on that particular Friday morning.) "Did somebody at the Department of Justice singly share a draft indictment with CNN prior to Stone's arrest -- or prior to a grand jury's finding of a true bill?" Collins asked. After a pause, Whitaker said, "The court had a sealed indictment that, after Mr. Stone's arrest, was unsealed. Consistent with all its prior indictments, DOJ's basic policy for transparency in criminal cases is that the indictment is posted on the DOJ webpage promptly after it was unsealed and then media outlets were notified. "We do not know of any, and I do not know of any other Special Counsel's Office notice, or DOJ notice, to media outlets regarding Mr. Stone's indictment or his arrest. Otherwise, you know, I -- I really, as I sit here today, don't have any other information that I can talk about regarding Mr. Stone." Collins followed up, asking Whitaker if he views it as a problem within DOJ that CNN may have been tipped off: "Mr. Collins, I share your concern with the possibility that a media outlet was tipped off to Mr. Stone's either indictment or arrest before it was made, that that information was available to the public," Whitaker said. Collins ended that particular line of questioning right there. He then asked Whitaker if Bruce Ohr is still employed by the Justice Department. "To answer your question directly, Mr. Collins, Bruce Ohr is currently employed with the Department of Justice," Whitaker said. Collins asked if Whitaker is aware of Ohr's involvement in many of the "investigational problems" that have surfaced at the FBI in recent years. "Mr. Collins, I am generally aware of Mr. Ohr being -- questions being raised about his behavior at the Department of Justice," Whitaker said. Collins asked Whitaker if he believes Ohr -- in transmitting information from the Steele dossier to the FBI, even after Christopher Steele was fired by the FBI -- was operating outside normal and appropriate channels: "Mr. Collins, this is a very important question for many people, both in this body and in the general public," Whitaker responded. "The office of inspector general is currently looking at the Carter Page FISA application, and it is also being reviewed at the same time, simultaneously, by Mr. John Huber, who's the U.S. Attorney from Utah -- was asked by Attorney General Sessions to conduct a review of certain matters at the Department of Justice. "And so together with the fact that any situation regarding Mr. Ohr's employment would be part of a confidential human resources process, I-- I just am unable to talk any more about Mr. Ohr, his involvement in any matters that could be subject to either an inspector general's investigation or a human resource matter." Bruce Ohr's wife Nellie worked for Fusion GPS, the company paid (through a law firm) by the Clinton campaign and the Democrat Party to dig up dirt -- the Steele dossier -- on Donald Trump before the election. On another matter, Whitaker said he has not talked to President Trump about the Special Counsel's investigation, nor has he "interfered in any way" with that investigation.
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Why Was Stone Arrested Instead of Being Asked to Surrender?

Postby smix » Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:40 pm

Why Was Stone Arrested Instead of Being Asked to Surrender?
Gatestone Institute

URL: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/1364 ... one-arrest
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Published: January 29, 2019

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* If there was no legitimate reason for the arrest and handcuffing of this presumed innocent defendant, what was the illegitimate reason? The illegitimate purpose of the arrest was to intimidate the potential witness -- namely Stone -- into not invoking his constitutional right to remain silent, rather than to testify as a government witness.
* As Judge T.S. Ellis, III, who presided over the Manafort trial observed: "You don't really care about Mr. Manafort's bank fraud – what you really care about is what information Mr. Manafort could give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump or lead to his prosecution or impeachment."
* The ACLU has been absolutely silent in regard to the questionable tactics employed by Mueller. They, too, would have been up in arms had these tactics been employed against their favorite candidate and mine, Hillary Clinton. Their silence speaks volumes about their partisanship and lack of neutral standards of civil liberties.
* Congress must act to prevent these abuses from recurring.

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The reasons given thus far for Roger Stone's pre-dawn arrest by armed FBI agents are utterly unconvincing. He was not a flight risk, as evidenced by the low bail and easy conditions of release set by the judge without objection from the government. Stone knew he was going to be indicted and if he wanted to flee, he had plenty of time to do so. The same is true of destroying evidence, wiping his electronics or doing anything else that would warrant an arrest rather than a notice to his lawyer to appear in court at a specified time. A search was conducted of various residences pursuant to a search warrant. No arrest was necessary to conduct these searches. So, if there was no legitimate reason for the arrest and handcuffing of this presumed innocent defendant, what was the illegitimate reason? To paraphrase the indictment against Stone, the illegitimate purpose of the arrest was to intimidate the potential witness -- namely Stone -- into not invoking his constitutional right to remain silent, rather than to testify as a government witness. The arrest was nothing more than a show of toughness -- a foretaste of what Stone could expect if he did not cooperate with Mueller. Police do this all the time: "Look, we can do this the easy way or the hard way." The tough arrest with handcuffs and shackles was a demonstration of the hard way. Prosecutors have enormous power and discretion whether and how to use it. All too often they use it the way Mueller has been using it during this investigation: to pressure witnesses to testify against Trump. As Judge T.S. Ellis, III, who presided over the Manafort trial, observed: "You don't really care about Mr. Manafort's bank fraud -- what you really care about is what information Mr. Manafort could give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump or lead to his prosecution or impeachment." Judge Ellis also pointed out the dangers of this tactic: "This vernacular to 'sing' is what prosecutors use. What you got to be careful of is that they may not only sing, they may compose." If Hillary Clinton had been elected president and if a special prosecutor had arrested one of her associates in the rough and demeaning manner by which Stone was arrested, civil libertarians would be up in arms. They would correctly argue that to marshal dozens of armed FBI agents to arrest an elderly man accused of non-violent crimes is an abuse of authority and a waste of FBI resources. They would complain that it constitutes intimidation and violates the spirit, if not the letter, of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. But because the arrest is of a Trump associate and the purpose is to get evidence against President Trump, we have not heard from fair-weather civil libertarians who use civil liberties and constitutional rights as tactics to serve their partisan political agendas. The ACLU has been absolutely silent in regard to the questionable tactics employed by Mueller. They, too, would have been up in arms had these tactics been employed against their favorite candidate and mine, Hillary Clinton. They would have demanded an explanation as to why the extraordinary power of arrest, which is supposed to be reserved only for cases warranting this use of force, was employed in this case. Their silence speaks volumes about their partisanship and lack of neutral standards of civil liberties. The American public is entitled to an honest explanation of why Stone was arrested. We have not received the truth. Congress should hold a hearing and call as witnesses those who ordered the arrest and demand they explain and justify it. It is unlikely that a plausible and credible explanation will be offered, but Mueller and his FBI agents should at least have an opportunity to set the record straight. Maybe there is a good reason for why the arrest was necessary, but if so, we have not heard it and it is unlikely that the reason involves national security or other secrets. These hearings should lead to legislation setting enforceable standards for when the kind of arrest to which Stone was subjected should be permissible. The power to arrest, using armed FBI agents, handcuffs and shackles must not become a tactic to be used by law enforcement for impermissible reasons. Nor should it become routine. Congress must act to prevent these abuses from recurring.
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Stone Arrest Exposes the Cancer Eating American Criminal Justice

Postby smix » Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:58 pm

Stone Arrest Exposes the Cancer Eating American Criminal Justice
American Greatness

URL: https://amgreatness.com/2019/01/30/ston ... l-justice/
Category: Police
Published: January 30, 2019

Description: Last week’s arrest of Roger Stone at the behest of Special Counsel Robert Mueller incites me to recall Joseph Welch’s famous question of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy at the Army-McCarthy hearings of 1954: “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you no decency?” Sending 29 FBI agents in bullet-proof protective gear and brandishing submachine guns at 6 a.m. to the house where Stone—who is 66 and does not own a firearm—lives with his wife, two dogs, and three cats, to effect another shakedown arrest for alleged untruths uttered by Stone to a congressional committee since Mueller was installed in his totalitarian sinecure, was disgusting and un-American. The charges could have been laid—and if there is the slightest truth to them, should have been laid—by contacting Stone’s lawyer during normal business hours and asking him to produce his client for charging and processing. So slight was the risk of flight (Stone claims his passport has expired), the judge set bail at an easily manageable (for him) $250,000, which was produced at once. The entire hideous procedure, as if Stone were a suspected violent criminal with vast resources, at the head of a heavily armed and dangerous organization, and in a home extensively guarded by armed and experienced gangsters and with a helicopter in the backyard, was an outrage that must shock every civilized American, as it astounds the civilized world. There was absolutely no need or excuse for such an absurd and repulsive use of force in effecting the arrest of a man with no history of violence who is an improbable flight risk and certain to surrender quietly and respond to allegations against him through due process in the courts. Moreover, he is fully entitled to the constitutional presumption of innocence.
Media Collusion
This shock-and-awe extravaganza was leaked in advance to the chief media arm of the Democratic Party, CNN, (though MSNBC is a rival in rabid support of the enemies of the Trump regime). CNN’s unctuous claim that it was able to capture this pre-dawn thuggery thanks to the clever intuition of a reporter who could deploy a film crew to a Fort Lauderdale residence before dawn on a hunch is as wildly implausible as the rest of the network’s political “news” (which could be described better as a partisan screed of relentless fervor and acoustic, not to mention cognitive, irritation). Mueller, a generally respected former head of the FBI, certainly knows his way around the minefields of Washington politics and legal IEDs. For him to sanction such a farcical and exaggerated arrest, assuring it would be filmed as if it were a patriotic mission on par with the courageous lads going ashore at D-Day or Iwo Jima, confirms unsettling impressions about Mueller’s mental stability. (I believe every other reasonable observer gave up on the raison d’etre and ostensible purpose of the special counsel’s investigation at least 18 months ago.) People who might be vulnerable and have known—or claim to have known—the president are indicted for unrelated conduct and then browbeaten and threatened with indictments of their families, unbearable legal costs, and endless media smears to invent inculpatory testimony against the president, with a guarantee of immunity from prosecution for perjury. This is the standard playbook of American prosecutors. It has been denounced repeatedly and every informed person in the country knows about it, but nobody does or says anything consequential. American criminal justice is a cancer and Robert Mueller and his acolytes, James Comey and Patrick Fitzgerald (Comey’s lawyer now but a former U.S. attorney), are eminent and eager carriers of the disease. Paul Manafort, even if he is a tax-cheat, deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom for resisting Mueller’s sadistic isolation and persecution of him. Someday he and other resisters such as G. Gordon Liddy, who defied the Watergate railroading exercise, will be recognized as heroes of American justice.
An Endless Danse Macabre
No one disputes that the United States must have a system capable of addressing serious wrongdoing by politicians and their supporters, and the complete absence of such processes and personnel would endanger the integrity of the democratic process. Moreover, there is nothing officially to be done about the unwavering political bigotry of the national political media. Their sense of unease is understandable: Donald Trump has end-run them with the social media, knocking from their hands the lethal swords of political media assassination. He attacks them as unwaveringly, and a good deal more entertainingly, than they attack him. They do have, as do we all, some reason to worry at times about this president’s judgment, though there is no justification at all to question the legitimacy of his election or the legality of his conduct as candidate, president-elect, or president. This danse macabre of the ludicrously numerous and over-armed FBI agents filmed by invitation by the CNN propaganda service in their strenuous exercise to frighten Roger Stone’s cats and dogs raises the questions of what Mueller and his entirely partisan Democratic lynch-mob, some of whose most prominent members have been exposed and disgraced and fired, think they are now doing. Whenever the suggestion that it might be time to wind down this stupor-inducing affront to the Bill of Rights starts to get determinedly to its feet in full voice, Mueller vanishes from sight. He leaves it to the Trump-hating media to canvass members of Congress, always recruiting one of the politically endangered NeverTrump Republicans to provide the patina of bipartisanship with a cameo flirtation for public attention, to repeat the tired pieties that “We don’t know what we don’t know,” and “Let Bob Mueller finish his work.” The fact is, after 30 months of this investigation we do have a pretty good idea of what we don’t know —that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and anyone in Russia, and that what Mueller has been doing for almost two years doesn’t meet the normal criteria for work. But these are not much mentioned.
The Wheels of Justice Grind Slowly
Depressing and monstrous though this entire ghastly burlesque of Madisonian public service and accountability has been, there are two young green shoots of hope. Despite Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) pawing the ground and sounding the trumpets like the legendary warrior of Jericho about a deluge of subpoenas on the White House, they are no more effectual or even visible on the propaganda networks than when they were leaders of the minority on the House judiciary and intelligence committees. Even better still, the Department of Justice has been emancipated from the official eunuch, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the 360-degree-conflicted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, joined at the hip with Robert Mueller through much of his public career. The return to non-stop, wall-to-wall barracking of the president by former intelligence chiefs John Brennan and James Clapper this past week has made the point more delicious and mouth-watering: they both lied to Congress, as did Hillary Clinton and many other leading Trump-haters to federal officials. The House committees have no standing systematically to irritate the president. But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and attorney general designate William Barr have promised to get to the bottom of the ant-hill of Democratic skullduggery and chicanery, and they will do it. Mueller may torment formerly active Trump supporters, threaten their families, and produce droolingly narrated police raids. But they have all devoured the nothingburger. The impartial exposure, demolition, and—where appropriate—prosecution, conviction, and imprisonment of those who, in their Trump-hating fanaticism, have debased national institutions will begin as the ability of Mueller, Brennan, and Clapper to distract the media ends. At least, as the whole correlation of legal and media forces changes, the Clintons, comparative professionals as they are, maintain a dignified discretion. The wheels of justice grind slowly, but they still turn, and not in contemptible publicity stunts like the shaming arrest of Roger Stone (whether he is guilty of anything or not). Mueller’s answer to Mr. Welch’s question (like Senator McCarthy’s) is: Apparently not.
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Sean Hannity: If Roger Stone’s arrest is a sign of things to come, we’ve lost our country. Say goodbye.

Postby smix » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:18 pm

Sean Hannity: If Roger Stone’s arrest is a sign of things to come, we’ve lost our country. Say goodbye.
Fox News

URL: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/sean-ha ... ay-goodbye
Category: Police
Published: January 30, 2019

Description: With all the people we know who lied to Congress – former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, ex-CIA Director John Brennan, the folks who lied to the FISA court and years of scandals like Fast and Furious, IRS targeting conservatives and Hillary Clinton's missing emails, it's good to know the feds finally got their man. Roger Stone, who is being charged not with Russia collusion, but the process crime of lying to Congress, was targeted for the same reason U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis said they went after Paul Manafort and the same reason they tried to bankrupt Gen. Michael Flynn. They want to put the screws to Stone, who is 66, to make him sing or compose against Trump. That’s the only reason. Otherwise, why would you arrest him? If it was really for lying to Congress, he'd be near the back of a long line. Last week's pre-dawn raid on Stone home in Fort Lauderdale featured 17 vehicles, including armored tactical trucks. There were 27 heavily armed agents – I don’t blame them, they don’t have a choice when they’re told to do something - in tactical gear with weapons drawn. For lying to Congress? Stone got the same treatment as Manafort and Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen. All the other people who lied to Congress or to FISA judges got a pass. Roger Stone committed no violent crime. He’s not a drug dealer or a drug kingpin. He’s not a Mafioso or a gangster. He’s not El Chapo. He may have lied to Congress. All the feds had to do was call his lawyer and say, "Be at police headquarters for processing at 9 a.m. or we’re putting a warrant out for your arrest," and he would have shown up. Hillary Clinton and her cronies ignored subpoenas for emails, wiped her hard drive with BleachBit and smashed phones to pieces to avoid turning them over. Do you think you would get away with that? You might, if you could help the Deep State with its witch hunt for President Trump. There’s a danger here. We are a democratic republic. The Constitution that we cherish so much is the foundation of all law and order in this country. If you don’t apply the laws equally, only going after one group of people because of their political views, and you protect people with other political views, you’ve lost our Constitution. We've lost our country. Without equal application of our laws and equal justice under the law, there's one thing left to say to our great nation: Goodbye.
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Napolitano Says Roger Stone Arrest Was ‘Staged’: This is ‘Kafkaesque’

Postby smix » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:34 pm

Napolitano Says Roger Stone Arrest Was ‘Staged’: This is ‘Kafkaesque’
Mediaite

URL: https://www.mediaite.com/tv/napolitano- ... afkaesque/
Category: Police
Published: January 31, 2019

Description: Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano said the heavy-handed early morning raid and arrest of Roger Stone was “staged” by authorities. Napolitano appeared on Fox Business Thursday morning to decry the way the longtime Trump adviser’s arrest was handled, following his op-ed declaring the show of force “an American nightmare.” After explaining how federal agents, armed with automatic weapons, stormed Stone’s home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida last week, Napolitano said “this is not to arrest a kidnapper of babies or a terrorist.” “The charge is lying to Congress,” Napolitano continued. “It’s not a violent crime, there’s no evidence that he’s going to flee, he doesn’t have a valid passport, he’s not an imminent danger to society.” “Why on earth would the government put on a show of force like that?” host Stuart Varney asked. Napolitano offered two reasons: either the government thought it could intimidate Stone into flipping on President Donald Trump or create an impression among the public that Stone is dangerous. The Fox News analyst pointed out that despite the show of force, Stone’s bail was set at $0. “So the federal judge concluded this was preposterous for this type of a crime, for this type of a background, for this person.” Napolitano also revealed that off-air, Stone told him that authorities were polite and “somewhat apologetic” in private. “So, implication, it was staged,” Varney said. “It was staged,” Napolitano confirmed. “It’s like the behavior of a police state.” “They won’t give him a transcript of his alleged lies because the testimony for Congress was classified,” Napolitano added. “This is really Kafkaesque — that he should have to defend against something, the government has the paper that claims contains his lies, he is not allowed to see that paper.”
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