Mueller Refuses To Deny Special Counsel Office Tipped Off CNN About Roger Stone Raid
When federal agents crept up to Roger Stone’s Florida home before dawn on Jan. 25, a CNN reporter and cameraman were there.
Coincidence? CNN said no, that being at the home at 6 a.m. was “the product of good instincts, some key clues, more than a year of observing comings at the DC federal courthouse and the special counsel’s office — and a little luck on the timing.”
But Stone, who worked with the Trump campaign early on before leaving in August 2015, claimed someone in special counsel Robert Mueller’s office tipped off CNN. Stone said Mueller’s office gave a CNN reporter a draft of the indictment, a claim that eventually went to court. In February, District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that there was no evidence an official in the counsel’s office let CNN know about the raid before it happened.
So it was odd when Mueller was asked about the incident on Wednesday and refused to answer.
“Mr. Muller, are you aware of anyone on your team having given advanced knowledge on the raid on Roger Stone’s through any person or the press, including CNN?” Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) asked during an afternoon hearing before the House Intelligence Committee.
“I’m not going to talk about specifics,” Mueller said before rambling about how some unindicted people are “under a cloud” for lengthy periods of time.
Stewart followed up.
“To my point, are you aware of anyone providing information to the media regarding the raid on Roger Stone’s home, including CNN?”
“Uh, I’m not going to speak to that,” Mueller said.
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) July 24, 2019
It’s interesting to note that Mueller did deny that his office leaked a March 24 letter that he wrote to Attorney General William Barr complaining that he was mischaracterizing the finding of his 448-page final report into allegations that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to alter the outcome of the 2016 election.