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360° Perspective: Roger Stone Arrest

Posted at 9:12 PM, Jan 31, 2019

WASHINGTON – “Voluminous and complex” is how Special Counsel Robert Mueller described the amount of information received from a raid on Roger Stone’s house, apartment and office.

The Justice Department collected information from the former Trump advisor’s iCloud, email accounts and hard drives that they say spans several years.

It all happened during a big raid on his Florida home early Friday, Jan. 25.

CNN was on scene to record the whole event.

It’s all part of Mueller’s Russia probe. Stone’s accused of trying to get stolen emails from Wikileaks to help Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Stone pleaded not guilty to seven charges including obstructing justice, witness tampering and making false statements.

Since the defense team will get access to all the information, the Special Counsel is asking for a protective order to prevent leaks in the case.

Stone spoke at a press conference Thursday about how he was treated during the raid.

“I was not read my Miranda rights. I was brought out of the house. I was handcuffed. I was standing in the street wearing a Roger Stone did nothing wrong t-shirt. It’s what I slept in,” Stone said.

He added the authorities were professional and courteous.

The former now- President Trump advisor has said in previous interviews they are trying to take him down to take Trump down.

President Trump said he was very disappointed in the FBI arrest.

Here’s what we know:

  • Stone has pleaded not guilty.
  • He’s out on $250,000 bond and is due in court Friday.
  • Several Trump associates are facing lying charges in the Russia probe.
  • The acting Attorney General said the investigation is winding down.

Here’s what we do not know:

  • When the probe will be complete.
  • Are more indictments coming?
  • What evidence does the Special Counsel have?
  • If the accused did lie… why?

Also, in a letter to the FBI Director, Senator Lindsey Graham pressing for answers as to why there was such a big raid. Is it standard procedure for this type of crime? He also asked why CNN cameras were there.
In an editorial on CNN an FBI veteran said the raid was by the book.

Right now, there is a bi-partisan bill being introduced that would require the Mueller report to be made public. That is one thing both sides of the aisle seem to agree on.

Of course, we’ll continue to break these cases down for you, so you can get the whole story without the spin.