Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone was arrested Friday and hit with a seven-count indictment, but former Justice Department official Victoria Toensing is aghast at how Mueller arrested the longtime political operative and says even if the Trump campaign was trying to get information from Wikileaks about Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails, that it is not a crime.
Before dawn Friday, a large presence of armed FBI personnel and police surrounded Stone’s Florida home, knocked on the door and ordered him to let them in. Stone later appeared in federal court on Friday. He will be arraigned in Washington next week.
Toensing, who served as a deputy assistant attorney general and a federal prosecutor, says the tactics used to arrest Stone were grossly excessive.
“That is so corrupt. That is reserved for terrorists and drug dealers who are going to flee if they know they’re going to be arrested. This is not done for a process kind of crime. I am so offended as a former Justice Department person.
“Where was (FBI Director) Chris Wray? Where was (acting Attorney General) Matt Whittaker? How could they have allowed this?” said Toensing.
“This is how conservatives and Republicans are treated, whereas people like (Hillary Clinton associate) Cheryl Mills, who a federal judge said the other day was clear she she had committed perjury, they get immunity,” said Toensing.
Toensing is also demanding that incoming Attorney General William Barr address what she considers the problem of rogue special prosecutors. She says special counsels regularly tell defendants to testify how the prosecutors want in order to make their legal headaches go away.
“Independent counsels and special counsels have got to stop. I would hope that one of the first things that Bill Bar does is rewrite the regulations for the special counsel,” said Toensing.
Listen to the full podcast to hear Toensing give multiple examples of defendants harassed by special counsels for refusing to falsely implicate their superiors in criminal activity and to hear her explanation for why it wasn’t a crime even if Stone and the Trump campaign tried to find out what was in the stolen Clinton emails.