CNN producer David Shortell said he was “waiting” outside Roger Stone’s house an hour before FBI agents and police arrived to arrest the former Donald Trump associate.
CNN producer David Shortell gave an interview with New Day host Alisyn Camerota during which he admitted that “we were here at 5am waiting for whatever was going to happen – it was dark – 6am just after the hour about a half dozen police vehicles with sirens….pulled in front of this Ft. Lauderdale home where Roger Stone lives.”
CNN producer @davidgshortell describes the moment Roger Stone was taken into custody by the FBI. The longtime Donald Trump associate has been indicted by a grand jury on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller https://t.co/wUJEIkKDTw pic.twitter.com/AJ3JWWSHs3— CNN (@CNN) January 25, 2019
When Shortell was questioned as to why he was outside Roger Stone’s home over an hour before the arrest was made when neither Stone or his attorney for that matter even knew the raid was coming, Shortell claimed that it was his “reporter’s instinct” to thank and that he “thought maybe something was happening” because of “unusual Grand Jury activity in Washington DC yesterday”.
Shortell also revealed that there were only CNN reporters at the house when the arrest was made.
Earlier, former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren posted on twitter that the “FBI obviously tipped off CNN” before the raid, but later walked it back, claiming anyone could have tipped them off.
Shortell also commented on the heavily armed presence of the FBI agents and police officers involved in the arrest, stating that they were wearing “tactical vests” and carrying “large weapons”.
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