Is the Justice Department more interested in headlines and PR these days than it is in justice?
It would appear that way, as CNN was already camped out on Stone’s doorstep when the FBI showed up at 6 a.m. to arrest him on charges stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
How Did They Know?
Was CNN tipped off to the arrest?
According to the reporter, he wasn’t.
He claimed it was just “intuition” that led him to be there with a film crew at 5 a.m. in the morning.
Why the Drama?
Something of real note here is the aggressive manner in which Stone was arrested as well as how CNN played up the drama of the arrest.
Stone’s lawyer was reportedly never even informed his client was going to be arrested, as is customary in cases such as this.
Usually, in such cases, the accused is given the opportunity to get his or her affairs in order, then turn him or herself in to authorities.
The man is not a drug dealer or murderer. Nor was he indicted for conspiring with the Russians.
CNN hinted that the FBI only approaches homes like this when they believe there is a very good chance things could go wrong.
Do they really believe Stone was going to open the door with guns blazing when the FBI showed up?
Whether you like Stone or hate him, whether you believe he lied or not, this was completely over the top.
For his part, Stone has said he will fight the charges and they will not get him to make up statements to go after the president, period.
From the outside looking in, this entire episode sure looks like what Stone called it: a politically motivated circus for the sole purpose of making Trump look bad.