“We Have a Warrant for your Arrest; Please Step Outside.” Several associates of President Trump have been hearing those words from federal authorities these past two years as they are marched away in handcuffs. These raids – often conducted with an excessive show of force in the hours just before dawn – have become disconcerting to liberty-minded Americans. The latest is that of longtime Republican political strategist Roger Stone. In a chilling account of the FBI’s pre-dawn raid, not to mention a life turned upside down by leftist loathing, Mr. Stone revealed a defiant attitude during a wide-ranging interview with Saagar Enjeti, White House Correspondent for the Daily Caller.
… this is a get-Trump hit squad, and Roger Stone is collateral damage.
Despite the intimidation tactics used by the Office of the Special Counsel, a bold, non-compliant, and refreshingly unafraid Roger Stone waxed on a variety of topics during what turned out to be a fascinating interview. Below we present you with some of his most poignant thoughts:
On his arrest:
“So, this was a Gestapo thing. There was a helicopter overhead. There were 17 vehicles in the front yard including two armored units. My house backs up to a canal – there were two amphibious units in the back with frogmen. The entire house was surrounded (as we now know) by people pointing assault weapons at the house. It was something out of a movie. They were treating me like a drug kingpin.”
On his wife’s safety:
“They [the FBI] then went to the second floor [of my home.] My wife is hearing impaired. I was concerned that they would think she wasn’t compliant with an order because she couldn’t hear it and they would shoot her. But shortly thereafter they brought her out in a nightgown also barefoot to stand next to me in the street. She’s charged with no crime.”
On more love from the left:
“Then I tried to go outside the courthouse. This is where you see the iconic figure of me doing the Nixon salute because I wanted to show defiance of this. I tried to speak, but I was being shouted down – half by the media and half by unhinged lib-tard protesters accusing me of treason. People pushing. People shoving. People spitting on me. The Fort Lauderdale police stood there and did nothing. The Broward County Sheriffs stood there and did nothing.
The death threats, which have really now spiked – I was usually getting two or three a week – now I’m getting ten a day, and it’s: ‘We’re going to disfigure your wife, we’re gonna kill your children.’ I had somebody call the house, we picked up the phone, and they said, ‘We know where your grandchildren go to school.’ Then they hung up. I mean, this is unhinged.”
On being called a racist:
“Let’s get this straight: Richard Nixon desegregated the public schools. Richard Nixon gave us affirmative action, which a lot of conservatives disagree with – I don’t. Richard Nixon quadrupled the funding for black colleges. Richard Nixon increased nine-fold the funding for civil rights enforcement at the Justice Department. Richard Nixon pulled together the Republican votes to pass the 1957 Civil Rights Act – the first major piece of civil rights legislation in our lifetime. So, you can talk about rhetoric, but I worked for the president who desegregated the public schools – not Lyndon Johnson, not John F. Kennedy – but Richard Nixon. And I worked for the president that brought black unemployment to the lowest point in American history.”
On the lack of impartiality of the Mueller team:
“I look at the prosecution table and who’s sitting there is Jeannie Rhee. Jeannie Rhee is a member of the strike force investigating me. She was Hillary Clinton’s lawyer in the illegal server case – in the missing email case – she represented the Clinton Foundation against charges of racketeering. Why is a rabid Clinton partisan attack dog running the investigation into Roger Stone?
Aaron Zelinsky, who was a counselor to Hillary Clinton’s State Department and whose emails are actually among the emails published by Wikileaks, who Rod Rosenstein’s assistant in the U.S. Attorney’s office was – recommended according to a number of media sources for a job on the task force, which violates the regulations requiring independence from the justice department by the special counsel. So, this is a get-Trump hit squad, and Roger Stone is collateral damage.
What will happen to Roger Stone is anyone’s guess. But the words of French philosopher Montesquieu have an uneasy relevance as the Mueller probe continues to haul away political figures and private citizens at an alarming rate: “There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”