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Lindsey Graham Demands FBI Briefing on “Tactics” Used in Roger Stone Arrest

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is demanding an FBI briefing on the arrest of political adviser Roger Stone who was recently charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller with obstruction, making false statements, and witness intimidation.

Graham sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray yesterday and expressed his concerns over the tactics used during Stone’s arrest.

Stone was arrested in the early morning last Friday by armed FBI agents in full tactical gear.

In his letter to Wray, Graham wrote, “Although I am sure these tactics would be standard procedure for the arrest of a violent offender, I have questions regarding their necessity in this case.”

He continued, “The American public has had enough of the media circus that surrounds the Special Counsel’s investigation. Yet, the manner of this arrest appears to have only added to the spectacle. Accordingly, I write to seek justification for the tactics used and the timing of the arrest of Mr. Stone.”

Graham requested that the FBI brief the Judiciary Committee by Feb. 5.

Earlier this week, Stone appeared on Fox News’ the Ingraham Angle, and slammed the FBI raid, saying they sent more men to his house than they had to protect the Benghazi compound.

“The whole purpose of this over-the-top raid on my house, in which they sent in more men then were used to protect our compound in Benghazi, was to paint a picture of me coming to poison a jury pool as public enemy number one,” he said.

Former U.S. attorney and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie criticized Mueller’s decision to authorize the FBI raid of Stone’s house, calling it “overkill.”

“I think it’s the wrong thing for prosecutors to do. I think that Mr. Mueller made a mistake in authorizing that, because you’re going to be criticized, and rightfully so, if you’re a prosecutor using those means as a means of intimidation. If you’re using it as a way to protect FBI agents, that’s completely appropriate. And I’ve done it.”

He continued, “…when you get a pound on the door at 6:00 a.m., in the dark and you see a bunch of FBI agents with flak jackets on and semiautomatic weapons, to take somebody out who lied to Congress? To me, that’s overkill.”

Christie No Longer in Running to be Next White House Chief of Staff

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie withdrew his name from consideration for the White House chief of staff position today.

“It’s an honor to have the president consider me as he looks to choose a new White House chief of staff,” Christie said in a statement. “However, I’ve told the president that now is not the right time for me or my family to undertake this serious assignment. As a result, I have asked him to no longer keep me in any of his considerations for this post.

Yesterday, Trump told reporters he had narrowed down his choices for chief of staff to five candidates.

“We are interviewing people now for chief of staff,” Trump said, calling those considered for the position “mostly well-known” and “terrific people.”

Current White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will be leaving the White House at the end of the year and those tapped to possibly replace him include Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and budget director Mick Mulvaney.

It was originally reported that Trump was considering Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers for the job, however, Ayers announced over the weekend that he was leaving the White House.

WH: Meadows Needed in Congress, No Longer Considered for Chief of Staff

President Trump has told Congressman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) that he is needed in Congress to “continue the great work” he is doing and is no longer being considered for White House Chief of Staff, Fox News reports.

In a statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, “Congressman Mark Meadows is a great friend to President Trump and is doing an incredible job in Congress. The President told him we need him in Congress so he can continue the great work he is doing there.”

Meadows responded with his own statement:

“I’ve had the best job in the world, representing my constituents of western North Carolina and working alongside President Trump these last two years to give the forgotten men and women of America a voice in their government. I’m fully committed to continuing to both of those roles. I know the President has a long list of tremendous candidates for his next Chief of Staff, and whomever it is will have my total support moving forward.”

Current White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will be leaving the White House at the end of the year and those tapped to possibly replace him include former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, and budget director Mick Mulvaney.

It was originally reported that Trump was considering Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers for the job, however, Ayers announced over the weekend that he was leaving the White House.