The FBI used 29 agents in 17 vehicles to conduct the raid, and now the GOP reps want answers.
Two more high-ranking Congressional Republicans are asking FBI director Christopher Wray to explain the bureau’s show of force when arresting Roger Stone, a longtime adviser and confidant of President Trump, last week at his Florida home.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the ranking member of the Government Operations Subcommittee, sent a letter to Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to request a briefing on the tactics employed during the raid. The letter also raised concerns about CNN’s “apparent advanced knowledge of the raid.”
“These raids are dangerous, and they pose serious risks to the officers, the arrestee and his family, and the community," the two lawmakers said in their letter. "Given Stone's advanced age and the nature of charges against him, as well as his statement that he would have surrendered voluntarily, it is unsettling that the Justice Department chose to use agents in full tactical assault gear to arrest Stone.”
The letter continues: ‘”[T]he presence and proximity of television news cameras during Stone's arrest raise questions about whether any Justice Department or FBI personnel alerted the media about Stone's imminent arrest.”