Sen. Lindsey Graham Demands Answers From FBI on Roger Stone Raid
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham is requesting a briefing from the FBI on the tactics it used when agents arrested former Trump adviser Roger Stone in an aggressive pre-dawn raid last week as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Video provided by CNN showed agents -- wearing flak jackets and night vision goggles and armed with AR-15s -- running up to Stone's Ft. Lauderdale home and banging on the door.
“FBI, open the door! FBI, warrant!” they shouted. The 66-year-old Stone then appeared in the doorway in his pajamas and was led away.
In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Graham said that he wants a briefing before Feb. 5, as he's “concerned about the manner in which the arrest was effectuated, especially the number of agents involved, the tactics employed, the timing of the arrest, and whether the FBI released details of the arrest and the indictment to the press prior to providing this information to Mr. Stone’s attorneys.”
Among the questions Graham has for Wray are whether the tactics used were consistent with the arrests of similarly charged individuals, and whether anyone from the special counsel's office tipped off CNN.
Graham made clear that he still supports the special counsel's investigation and the FBI even though he has questions about their tactics in this case.