Q&A – Was CNN Tipped Off To The Roger Stone Raid?

Today’s note comes from Alex: 

A topic can be the “Stone” arrest with a swat team raiding his home at 6 am and CNN there before the swat got there. If he was such a dangerous person how can CNN be allowed to be so close? Funny how CNN could have been there so fast. How about the way that when Mueller targets a Trump figure, he’ll cleverly begin a process of shutting down their financial means to dry them up financially while they prep their case just in time to make the arrest and by that time they get flipped because they can’t afford a defense. It’s the same formula used on Cohen, Flynn and now Stone.  

Bottom Line: This is the question that the president himself advanced when he Tweeted: - Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country! NO COLLUSION! Border Coyotes, Drug Dealers, and Human Traffickers are treated better. Who alerted CNN to be there? 

So, what’s real and what isn’t? Was CNN really tipped off by the FBI or by Robert Muller in a made for TV CNN exclusive? I’ll break it down. Here's are two facts, first, CNN was the only news organization on site and had been staked out at approximately 5 am Friday morning. Second, CNN’s explanation was that they were following developments with Muller’s grand jury on Thursday and that previously there’d been an indictment the morning after the gathering of Muller’s grand jury.

Was it a case of great instincts, as CNN alleges, or a tip? Interestingly, at 3:32 Thursday afternoon CNN posted this story to CNN.com, "As Stone waits for Mueller, he's back to going out for pizza on Fridays". The story is all about the likelihood that Stone would be indicted but it was just a matter of time. The story included a quote from Stone’s lead attorney saying that it’d been quiet, with no recent contact from the Muller team, consistent with what we heard from Stone himself on Friday after the indictment. 

To me, the question is whether we could walk backward with publicly known information and reasonably end up in the same place at the same time that CNN did. The answer is yes. Is there absolutely enough here to suggest there’s reasonable doubt that CNN, who’s been completely invested in all things Muller related, put the pieces together? Sure, it’s possible they received a tip but there’s no evidence that’s the case. There is evidence they could have been at Stone’s house on Friday through publicly available information.

It’s worth noting that other than Wikileaks appearing to have been the hacker in the DNC server in the first place, nothing Corsi or Stone did was illegal. Being that’s the case, Corsi appeared to cooperate with Muller’s investigation but Stone did not. It’s Roger Stone’s defiance/obstruction that led him to this point. In other words, it doesn’t appear as though he broke any laws during the 2016 cycle being investigated. He probably broke them during the investigation. 

My point is that it’s likely that Roger Stone’s lack of cooperation with the Muller investigation slowed the process down. It’s also likely we’ve not seen the end of the Muller probe as he’s doubtless in pursuit of whomever it was in Trump’s circle. Lastly, there’s still no Trump/Russia Collusion.

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