Judicial Watch Sues for Details over CNN’s Roger Stone ‘Scoop’

‘Judicial Watch is investigating the investigators, and it’s time for them to come clean…’

(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for failing to release documents related to the FBI’s assault on the home of former Trump aide Roger Stone.

The FOIA request seeks information about CNN’s awareness of the FBI raid on Stone’s home, according to a press release.

The left-leaning network was the only media outlet present and broadcast exclusive footage of the early-morning arrest on Friday, Jan. 25.

Stone’s indictment for lying under oath during a congressional probe was the last one issued by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation into President Donald Trump’s alleged campaign collusion with Russia ended in March, finding no evidence to support the claims.

Stone allegedly met with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange prior to the site’s publication of embarrassing Russian-hacked emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign—which ironically revealed her to be coordinating on campaign activities with CNN and other allied media outlets.

Stone and others have observed that the hacked emails from the account of Clinton adviser John Podesta already were public knowledge when Stone first publicly commented via Twitter in August 2016.

It was widely speculated also that Wikileaks would publish them after an earlier dump of leaked messages from the Democratic National Committee.

In pursuit of additional information on Stone’s arrest, Judicial Watch asked Mueller’s office and the FBI for any communications they had with CNN.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said it should have been a simple request for the agencies to fulfill.

“That we’re being stonewalled suggests that someone has something to hide,” Fitton said. “Judicial Watch is investigating the investigators, and it’s time for them to come clean.”

The lawsuit, Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice, was filed on March 21—nearly two months after the FOIA requests were submitted to the Special Counsel’s Office on Jan. 25, and to the FBI on Jan. 25 and Feb. 1.

Stone talked about CNN’s presence at the military-style assault on his home.

“It’s disconcerting that CNN was aware that I would be arrested before my lawyers were informed,” Stone said. “So, that’s disturbing.”

Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said on Feb. 8 that it was “deeply concerning to me as to how CNN found out about that.”

The Judicial Watch FOIA request also could discover why the Special Counsel’s Office thought the FBI needed to stage an elaborate assault against Stone, a man accused of lying under oath, not of being a Russian agent or colluding with Russian agents.

It noted that Stone was not indicted for “conspiring with WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website that published emails of Democrats during the 2016 campaign, or with the Russian officers Mueller says hacked them.”

Rather, the FBI assaulted his home for the alleged crime of “lying about his interactions related to WikiLeaks’ release during probes by Congress and Mueller’s team,” Fox News reported.