President Trump took to Twitter to react to the arrest and indictment of his longtime ally Roger Stone, accusing the FBI of mistreating Stone by arresting him in a pre-dawn raid.
The president blasted special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as a “Witch Hunt.”
Stone was arrested pre-dawn from his house in Florida. Stone has been indicted on seven counts related to alleged false statements and obstruction related to the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee by Russian government actors.
“Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country!” Trump tweeted. “NO COLLUSION! Border Coyotes, Drug Dealers and Human Traffickers are treated better. Who alerted CNN to be there?”
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?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2019
Trump also suggested that CNN was tipped off about the arrest, asking “who alerted CNN to be there?”
CNN was the only news outlet on the scene during the raid, and the cable network said journalists had noticed unusual activity at the grand jury in D.C. Thursday and decided to fly to Florida to stake out Stone’s home.
“FBI. Open the door.”
Watch exclusive CNN footage of the FBI arresting longtime Trump associate Roger Stone. Stone has been indicted by a grand jury on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller. https://t.co/5QHKDB2mfA pic.twitter.com/UeKo7CmXWo
— CNN (@CNN) January 25, 2019
Stone appeared in federal court in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Friday morning and was later released by the judge on a $250,000 bond. His travel is restricted between Florida, New York and Washington, D.C. for court appearances.