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‘Roger Stone brought this on himself’: Former federal prosecutor rains on Trump’s pity party for indicted ally

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Former federal prosecutor Elie Honig on Thursday slapped aside President Donald Trump’s complaints about the way the FBI last week treated his longtime ally, Roger Stone.

During a panel discussion led by CNN’s Kate Bolduan, the host noted that Trump this week questioned whether the FBI went too far in its decision to conduct an early-morning raid on Stone’s house last Friday.

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Honig, however, said there was absolutely nothing to question about the FBI’s tactics in this particular case.

“Roger Stone brought this on himself, period,” he said bluntly. “Any time you need to arrest somebody… you have two options as a prosecutor and FBI. You can allow them the courtesy of surrendering at some future time and date, or you can do exactly what was done with Roger Stone. You knock on the door at 6 a.m.”

He then went on to explain that Stone couldn’t have reasonably expected better treatment given the allegations being leveled against him.

“Roger Stone is charged with very strong counts of obstruction, of witness tampering — in the indictment we saw he told the witness, ‘Prepare to die,’ he threatened to kidnap a witness’s dog!” he said. “When you do that kind of thing, you give away the right to that courtesy.”

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Rick Santorum: ‘I have no problem’ with John Bolton testifying after ‘this impeachment thing’ is over

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Conservative CNN contributor Rick Santorum asserted on Tuesday that former National Security Adviser John Bolton should wait until after President Donald Trump's impeachment trial ends to reveal what he knows about the president's scheme in Ukraine.

"The only thing I would question is sort of the timing of submitting the book for review," Santorum said during an appearance on CNN. "I mean, you're doing it at a time -- knowing the history of what goes on in this White House, that leaks are prevalent -- to submit this manuscript at this time, I think was bad judgement."

"I have no problem with John Bolton writing a book," he continued. "This is someone who deeply believes in his worldview and what is best for America and I think he felt compelled to write something about the state of foreign policy in America and where our country is going."

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‘The president’s lying — that should matter!’ CNN’s Berman unloads on GOP for blowing off Bolton revelations

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CNN's John Berman on Tuesday expressed frustration at the idea that Republican senators could still vote to acquit President Donald Trump even after leaked excerpts of former national security adviser John Bolton's book further implicated the president.

During a panel discussion about Bolton's book, which reportedly alleges that Trump directly linked releasing military aid to Ukraine with investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman warned that the book may not be the big game changer that many have been hoping to see.

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GOP’s Joni Ernst may have inadvertently boosted Joe Biden in Iowa: ex-White House official

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On CNN's "New Day," regular contributor and former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart almost rolled his eyes at a clip of Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst rushing to the cameras to gush about attacks on Joe Biden, saying she may have ended up helping the former vice president in her own state.

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota after watching the clip of the Iowa Republican blurting, "The Iowa caucuses are this next Monday evening, and I'm really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Democratic goers. Will they be supporting VP Biden at this point?" Lockhart seemed in disbelief that she may have handed Biden a boost.

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