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CNN Wins WHCA Award For ‘Excellent’ Coverage Of FBI Predawn Raid On Roger Stone’s Home

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The White House Correspondents Association announced Tuesday a list of 2020 journalism award winners, among them is CNN for the network’s coverage of the FBI raid on President Donald Trump’s Associate’s, Roger Stone, Florida home.

CNN was the only network on the scene of the pre-dawn raid that occurred shortly after Stone was indicted by a Grand Jury in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe on charges of witness tampering, obstruction and false statements.

“CNN’s reporting on the Roger Stone arrest began a month earlier, with a clue about a court scheduling anomaly,” the WHCA wrote. “Then came unusual grand jury activity. Then an odd, packed suitcase wheeled by one of the prosecutors in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Stone. It culminated early in the morning of Jan. 25, 2019, when a CNN producer and a photojournalist, staked outside of Stone’s home in Ft. Lauderdale, captured the 5 a.m., no-knock raid by the FBI of the former confidant of President Donald Trump.”

They added, “CNN’s viewers saw the raid unfold in real-time, the product of a team or reporters, producers and photojournalists tracking the investigation over months, connecting the dots and scooping the rest of the press corps. They even scooped Stone’s own lawyers, who only found out when CNN called for a comment. In addition to the exclusive video, the team produced a compelling, supportive package that explained the charges against Stone. On deadline.”

CNN’s footage that day showed a half-dozen police vehicles, nearly a dozen officers and FBI agents with large weapons in tactical vests storming Stone’s home. Stone was seen answering the door in his pajamas and appeared to be taken by surprise.

“Thanks to CNN My face is instantly recognizable everywhere,” Stone told “The Sara Carter Show” in April. “So the idea that I would flee was absurd. I had been widely reported that I was under investigation. So their claim that I would destroy evidence if I knew they were coming was ridiculous. I destroyed nothing.”

Stone described to Carter the FBI raid, adding, “After being swept off to the FBI center for fingerprinting and mug shotting and then to the courthouse for arraignment for the next 13 hours, FBI agents went through every square inch of my home literally tore it to shreds.”

“My wife was ordered to sit in the corner where she could not touch her cell phone and you know what they found absolutely nothing. Nothing that was used in my trial. Now the most curious part about this, Sara, is thanks to my security camera footage which the FBI mistakenly I think forgot to take because you can actually see them putting tape over the camera lens,” Stone explained.

“We know that CNN actually showed up eleven minutes before the FBI arrived. CNN continues to insist that this is based on a hunch. That is ridiculous. And the FBI, under Christopher Wray, has refused to turn over to Judicial Watch the e-mail records between CNN and the FBI in the days before the raid.”

Stone was sentenced to over three years in prison in April and has had the charges since deferred. Now, Stone is appealing the Judge’s decision over alleged bias. The President has also signaled that he could be granting Stone an upcoming pardon.

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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap

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President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.

According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.

In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were  “wrongfully detained.”  He said the American’s  would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.

“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.

Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.

The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC.

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