Reps. Collins, Graham critical of FBI strong-arm tactics in arrest of Roger Stone, the presdent’s political adviser

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have complained about the strong-arm tactics of the FBI in arresting President Trump’s longtime adviser Roger Stone last week.

A swarm of heavily armed FBI agents stormed the Stone residence during the predawn hours of Friday (Jan. 25) to arrest the 66-year-old Stone who is charged with several counts, including obstruction of justice and making false statements to Congress.

Appearing on the Fox News’ Sean Hannity program Wednesday evening, Graham said, “The bottom line is, this seems to me over the top, and I don’t know what message was being sent. But I personally didn’t like it. You know, I’ve been a prosecutor, a defense attorney. It seemed to be sending the wrong message, that if you cross [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller, look what’s going to happen to you. Mueller, do your job but these tactics are unacceptable given the level of threat here.”

Collins, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray Wednesday, questioning the bureau’s use of force in arresting Stone, who is not considered a flight risk.

Collins wrote, “Although none of the seven charges against Stone is considered to be a violent crime, the FBI demonstrated an immense show of force during an early-morning raid on Stone’s home. Given the fact that the FBI is embroiled in a scandal related to the origins of this investigation, we are perplexed about why the FBI would use such a show of force in the arrest of an elderly man.”

 

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