Congressman Demands DOJ Investigate if CNN was Tipped off to Roger Stone Arrest
Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) is demanding an investigation into whether or not the FBI tipped off CNN to last week’s arrest of political consultant and Trump supporter, Roger Stone.
In a letter to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Friday, Biggs wrote, “On January 25th, FBI agents executed an arrest warrant on Roger Stone pursuant to a grand jury indictment in the District of Columbia. At approximately 5:59 a.m. CNN’s morning show ‘New Day’ posted a tweet with a video showing FBI agents in full tactical gear executing the arrest of Mr. Stone.”
The Congressman’s letter continues, “It is hard to believe that this reporter and camera crew showed up at the home of Mr. Stone, on the right day at the right time, on a hunch. This leads me to believe that CNN may have received advance notice of the date and time of the arrest.”
While many conservatives–and President Trump himself–publicly questioned how CNN was able to obtain the footage of the arrest, the network chalked its scoop up to “good instincts” and “luck,” among other things.
Taking to Twitter, CNN communications wrote, “How CNN captured video of the Roger Stone Raid: The product of good instincts, some key clues, more than a year of observing comings at the DC federal courthouse and the special counsel’s office — and a little luck on the timing.”
How CNN captured video of the Roger Stone raid:
"The product of good instincts, some key clues, more than a year of observing comings at the DC federal courthouse and the special counsel's office — and a little luck on the timing."https://t.co/qZ8WLirXSV
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) January 25, 2019
Biggs requested that the DOJ respond to his inquiry by February 15, and concluded, “An arrest like this is a serious act, not a media spectacle. We ask that you investigate whether federal law enforcement officers leaked information about the arrest of Mr. Stone to members of the media in advance and what — if any — rules, regulations, court orders, or laws were broken in the process.”