Graham asks FBI director for briefing on Roger Stone raid

Meet the civil rights attorney who may have linked Roger Stone and WikiLeaks

Meet the civil rights attorney who may have linked Roger Stone and WikiLeaks

He was arrested last week on charges of obstruction, making false statements and witness tampering in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Stone blasted the prosecution as politically motivated, proclaimed his innocence and predicted his vindication.

Stone also has complained about the FBI's actions, saying agents "terrorized my wife and my dogs".

Graham is now hoping to get an explanation.

"Although I am sure these tactics would be standard procedure for the arrest of a violent offender, I have questions regarding their necessity in this case", Graham continued.

Graham said in the letter that he supports Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation during the 2016 election but was "leery" that such tactics were needed because Stone expected to be indicted and was "apparently willing to surrender voluntarily".

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Stone claimed after his arrest that authorities made no attempt to contact him or his lawyer beforehand and that he would have voluntarily turned himself in if they did. He pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, and on Friday he will appear before Jackson for a status hearing.

"The American public has had enough of the media circus that surrounds the special counsel's investigation", Graham said. He has appeared on TV several times since his arrest.

Current and former federal law enforcement officials have speculated that the FBI arrested Stone in an armed pre-dawn raid because special counsel investigators led by Robert S. Mueller III might have believed that Stone would try to destroy evidence in his home. "Accordingly, I write to seek justification for the tactics used and the timing of the arrest of Mr. Stone".

The special counsel investigation has long focused on Stone as well as other former associates of the president.

CNN, the only outlet there that morning, published an account of how its large team of reporters covering the Mueller probe put together that Stone's arrest might be happening Friday, including clues from Mueller grand jury's schedule and from how Mueller has handled previous defendants.

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