UPDATED 7:25 AM PT — Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Attorneys for Roger Stone have provided evidence to support their claim the special counsel’s office leaked information to CNN.
Lawyers sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee detailing how CNN received an early draft copy of the indictment against Stone. The draft was provided to Stone’s attorneys by CNN’s Sara Murray to confirm the raid and arrest.
The lawyers are claiming metadata on the draft identifies it as being authored by the initials A.A.W., who is suspected to be lead special counsel prosecutor Andrew Weissmann. The metadata also allegedly shows the copy of the draft obtained by CNN came from the FBI and not the courts as CNN alleged.
“There was some unusually grand jury activity in Washington, D.C. yesterday, Robert Mueller’s grand jury typically meets on Friday’s, yesterday, a Thursday, there was grand jury activity — we also had some other signs that maybe something was going on this angle, the Roger Stone angle, so we showed up at his house this morning and we were the only ones there,” CNN producer David Shortell alleged while on the scene at Stone’s Florida home.
The judge in Stone’s case claimed the allegations of innocence by Stone could taint the jury. Meanwhile, she has failed to address CNN’s role in the arrest, including the network illegally obtaining the sealed indictment and how its coverage could affect Stone’s trial.