Doug Collins, Lindsey Graham demand answers in Roger Stone FBI raid

Doug Collins, Lindsey Graham demand answers in Roger Stone FBI raid

Doug Collins, Lindsey Graham demand answers in Roger Stone FBI raid

Politico reported Wednesday that Stone, who was arrested last week in a dramatic raid caught on camera at his Fort Lauderdale home, has an attorney working for him who specializes in the First Amendment.

Some law enforcement experts said in the aftermath that when a person has not agreed to give themselves up to authorities voluntarily, such procedures were standard. He has criticized the FBI's tactics in media appearance after his arrest, calling it "over-the-top".

Stone, in accord with his trademark political theatrics, compared the raid of his Florida home to the arrest of Mexican druglord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and the Navy SEALs raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating US allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the election and whether members of the campaign of then-Republican candidate Trump coordinated with Moscow officials.

Stone also has complained about the FBI's actions, saying agents "terrorized my wife and my dogs".

"They could simply have contacted my attorneys and I would have gladly surrendered voluntarily", Stone said.

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.

Among the questions Graham asked Wray to respond to specifically by February 5, is whether federal law enforcement alerted CNN - which had a reporting team at Stone's house when he was arrested - or other media outlets when the arrest was going to occur.

"The American public has had enough of the media circus that surrounds the special counsel's investigation", Graham wrote. "Accordingly, I write to seek justification for the tactics used and the timing of the arrest of Mr. Stone".

Roger Stone was arrested on 25 January after being charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation on seven accounts, including alleged witness tampering, lying to Congress and obstructing a government investigation. He faces up to 20 years in prison if found guilty, but Stone insists he's innocent and has pledged to fight the charges. "Yet, the manner of this arrest appears to have only added to the spectacle".

CNN has claimed that its reporters saw a flurry of activity at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., last week and guessed Stone may have been indicted.

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