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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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Multiple states launch lawsuit against Biden’s student-loan forgiveness plan

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Breaking Thursday, the states of Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, and South Carolina joined together to file a lawsuit against President Biden’s administration in order to stop the student loan-forgiveness program from taking effect.

“In addition to being economically unwise and downright unfair, the Biden Administration’s Mass Debt Cancellation is yet another example in a long line of unlawful regulatory actions,” argued the plaintiffs in their filing.

The attorneys general spearheading the legal challenge also submit that “no statute permits President Biden to unilaterally relieve millions of individuals from their obligation to pay loans they voluntarily assumed.”

Biden, however, has argued that he is able to unilaterally cancel student debt to mitigate the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, writes National Review, a Department of Education memo released by his administration asserts that the HEROES Act,  which passed in 2003 and allows the secretary of education to provide student-debt relief “in connection with a war or other military operation or national emergency,” provides the legal basis for the cancellation.

But, National Review notes that the plaintiffs point out that Biden declared in a recent 60 Minutes interview that “the pandemic is over.”

The legal brief also adds:

“The [HEROES] Act requires ED [Education Department] to tailor any waiver or modification as necessary to address the actual financial harm suffered by a borrower due to the relevant military operation or emergency… This relief comes to every borrower regardless of whether her income rose or fell during the pandemic or whether she is in a better position today as to her student loans than before the pandemic.”

Moreover, they argue that the HEROES Act was designed to allow the secretary to provide relief in individual cases with proper justification.

The first lawsuit against Biden’s executive order came Tuesday from the Pacific Legal Foundation:

“The administration has created new problems for borrowers in at least six states that tax loan cancellation as income. People like Plaintiff Frank Garrison will actually be worse off because of the cancellation. Indeed, Mr. Garrison will face immediate tax liability from the state of Indiana because of the automatic cancellation of a portion of his debt,” wrote PLF in their own brief.

The state-led lawsuit was filed in a federal district court in Missouri, and asks that the court “temporarily restrain and preliminarily and permanently enjoin implementation and enforcement of the Mass Debt Cancellation,” and declare that it “violates the separation of powers established by the U.S. Constitution,” as well as the Administrative Procedure Act.

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