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Acting AG: It’s ‘Deeply Concerning’ That CNN Might Have Been Tipped Off About Roger Stone’s Arrest

"I am aware of that, and it was deeply concerning to me as to how CNN found out about that," Whitaker said.

By NTK Staff | 02.08.2019 @11:06am

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said that it was “deeply concerning” to him that CNN might have been tipped off about Roger Stone’s arrest and indictment while testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday.

Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) asked Whitaker whether he was aware of Stone’s indictment before it became public.

Whitaker confirmed to Collins that he did know about Stone’s indictment. He said hew as informed about it by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office.

Collins followed up by asking Whitaker whether he was aware that a CNN reporter was camped outside of Stone’s house when the FBI arrested him.

“I am aware of that, and it was deeply concerning to me as to how CNN found out about that,” Whitaker said.

Collins then asked Whitaker if someone at the Department of Justice shared a draft of Stone’s indictment with CNN.

“Ranking member Collins, the court had a sealed indictment that, after Mr. Stone’s arrest, was unsealed. Consistent with all its prior indictments, the DOJ’s basic policy for transparency in criminal cases is that the indictment is posted on the DOJ webpage promptly after it’s unsealed, and then media outlets were notified,” Whitaker.

Whitaker then told Collins that he did not know of any other notice from either the DOJ or the special counsel’s office to media outlets regarding Stone’s indictment or his arrest.

Collins then asked Whitaker whether he viewed it as a problem that CNN could have been tipped off.

“Mr. Collins, I share your concern with the possibility that a media outlet was tipped off to Mr. Stone’s either indictment or arrest before that information was made available to the public,” Whitaker said.

CNN vigorously disputes the claim that they were tipped off and said they sent a reporter to Stone’s home after they noticed “unusual grand jury activity in D.C.” the evening before the FBI arrested Stone.

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