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CNN: We Thought Roger Stone Was Going to Be Arrested Because We Saw a Suitcase

"We saw one of the prosecutors, one of the key prosecutors who has been handling the Roger Stone matter, show up to work with a suitcase..."

By NTK Staff | 02.08.2019 @11:43am

CNN’s Senior Justice Correspondent Evan Perez claimed on Friday that the network had not been tipped off that FBI was going to arrest Roger Stone, claiming they thought Stone might be getting arrested because they saw a member of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team entering work with a suitcase.

When the FBI arrested Stone in a pre-dawn raid last month, CNN’s cameras were conveniently camped outside Stone’s Fort Lauderdale home to capture the encounter, causing many to speculate that someone had tipped off the network.

CNN’s David Shortell claimed he was camped outside Stone’s house because of “reporter instinct” and denied that the network had been tipped off.

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker said that it was “deeply concerning” to him that CNN might have been tipped off about Stone’s arrest during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Friday.

While the Judiciary Committee was adjourned, Perez attempted to explain how CNN knew that Stone was going to be arrested.

“Pretty much every Friday, we were anticipating, certainly for the last couple months, Roger Stoned could be indicted,” Perez said.

Perez added that the Special Counsel’s office typically hands out indictments on Fridays.

“We have reporters who sit in front of the Mueller office. We have reporters who sit inside the courthouse, watching the grand jury action, and we saw some action on that Thursday, which is unusual” Perez said.

Perez explained that was one of the hints that tipped off CNN about a potential Stone arrest.

“There were also a lot of other hints. We saw one of the prosecutors, one of the key prosecutors who has been handling the Roger Stone matter, show up to work with a suitcase. Believe it or not, that was a big clue to us,” Perez said. “It seemed to indicate that he was going somewhere and, given the fact that this is still ongoing, we thought maybe he’s going to a warm-weather location. We know Roger Stone lives in Florida, and we saw him leave the office, as a matter of fact, in casual clothes.”

“Again, there were a lot of little hints that were being picked up. So we decided just out of an abundance of caution to send a reporter,” he said.

Perez concluded by accusing Whitaker of trying to spread a conspiracy theory about CNN.

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