Fox News host Tucker Carlson aired video footage from the arrest of Roger Stone, blasting the FBI’s show of force and the presence of CNN cameras at the pre-dawn raid at his home last month.
“Until now the only public footage of the raid came from CNN, which somehow knew to arrive one hour before the FBI got there,” Carlson said Friday during “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Carlson narrated as the security footage aired showing a car with a CNN cameraman already on the scene before FBI agents even arrived at Stone’s home last month in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. President Trump’s longtime adviser was arrested and charged on seven counts, including making false statements to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction.
“The new footage from Stone’s home shows CNN arriving about an hour before the agents did. The footage depicts what you’d expect if the FBI raided the home of a Mexican drug lord, maybe even SEAL Team 6 going into [Osama] bin Laden’s compound,” Carlson said.
“For context, Roger Stone is a senior citizen accused of false statements to Congress. Take a look at what happened. It’s just before 5 a.m., and an SUV with a CNN cameraman arrives first to this quiet street in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,” he said.
The video footage showed 29 FBI agents, armed in tactical gear, arriving at Stone’s home and banging on the front door until the barefoot 66-year-old came out with his hands above his head.
“Almost exactly one hour later, trucks with heavily-armed men arrived in front of Roger Stone’s house. Immediately CNN’s cameraman jumps out of the car, camera on shoulder and captures the footage,” Carlson narrated. “The feds assemble on Stone’s driveway, they’re wearing ballistic armor and carrying assault weapons with 30-round magazines, red dot sites and tactical flashlights mounted to the barrel shroud. One has his gun hanging by the strap while he’s carrying a battering ram in the left hand.”
Carlson continued to chronicle the unfolding scene, which he likened to a “high-stakes raid,” complete with a boat arriving behind Stone’s property carrying more FBI agents.
“All of the men have a sidearm holstered on their waists. A second camera mounted on Stone’s front door shows another angle of the raid. A heavily armed FBI agent approaches the door with the gun drawn while others stake out positions behind,” Carlson recounted. “It looks like a high-stakes raid, but the cameraman is 40 feet away filming it all. One agent swings the firearm around as he scans and surveys Stone’s front porch. Behind the home, a third camera captures agents approaching the back of the house from the side yard. Behind the property, a boat arrives with at least two agents on board.”
“Within minutes, Stone exits his home to greet the agents who have the rifles pointed at him. Stone raises his hands, spins around apparently trying to show he is unarmed. Another FBI agent approaches Stone from behind and cuffs him,” Carlson concluded. “It’s just after 6:00 in the morning. It’s still dark out. Twenty minutes later, the same camera shows agents leading Roger Stone back into his house. He is barefoot. Stone is wearing a T-shirt that says, ‘Roger Stone did nothing wrong.’”
Stone pleaded not guilty but the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office came under heavy backlash for the over-the-top show of force in the arrest that many, like Carlson, say was politically motivated. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was asked about the presence of CNN cameras at the raid during his testimony Friday at a congressional hearing.
“It was deeply concerning to me as to how CNN found out about that,” he told the House Judiciary Committee.
Carlson concluded the segment with a final dig at the way the raid was conducted.
“The FBI and their water carriers in corporate media tells us, ‘Totally commonplace.’ ‘By the book.’ “Happens all the time,'” he said. “It doesn’t.”
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