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The Sinclair Broadcasting Group aired surveillance footage of Roger Stone’s arrest, which shows new vantage points of the numerous heavily-armed FBI agents who apprehended the longtime Trump adviser at his home.
Stone was arrested and charged with witness tampering and obstruction of justice by special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury. Most notable about the arrest, however, was the shocking show of force from the FBI to arrest one man who didn’t appear to have any intention of resisting.
According to WPEC-TV, a Sinclair station, the FBI showed up in such force just to be safe:
Multiple law enforcement sources say they used such force because it’s not uncommon to do so for someone who may be a flight risk, a danger, or someone who could potentially destroy crucial evidence. These are risks law enforcement has to consider.
Stone didn’t agree that caution was the reason for the dramatic arrest.
“I guess the point of this is to make me look guilty in public” Stone told WPEC’s Scott Thuman. “And make me look like ‘El Chapo’ or some kind of drug kingpin.”
Whatever the reason, the FBI agents quickly discovered they had nothing to worry about when they arrived at Stone’s home. Stone answered the door wearing a “Roger Stone did nothing wrong” t-shirt and shorts, was handcuffed and arrested without issue. As more FBI agents approached the back of the house by boat.
“I opened the door and in my front yard, I was staring down barrel of two assault weapons and I saw a dozen other FBI agents in the background, all wearing night goggles, full SWAT gear, sidearms, and so-on,” Stone told WPEC.
The arrest was initially caught on video by CNN, which claimed “reporter’s instinct” allowed them to be the only news outlet on the scene of the arrest. Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker said Friday that it was “It was deeply concerning to me as to how CNN found out about that.”