Last November, political bad boy and former Trump adviser Roger Stone called the FBI “Biden’s personal Gestapo.”
“We have a group of politicized thugs at the top of the FBI who are using the FBI … as Joe Biden‘s personal Gestapo,” he told talk-radio host John Catsimatidis, the New York Post reported at the time.
Stone was triggered by an FBI raid on the home of James O’Keefe, founder of the conservative activist group Project Veritas. The FBI was reportedly looking into the theft of a diary kept by President Joe Biden’s daughter, Ashley.
“If a journalist has [Biden’s] daughter’s diary, particularly if the journalist hasn’t even published it, or commented on it, why would you search their home? Why would you seize their computers? It’s very chilling,” said Stone.
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In the wake of the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate last week, more Americans are seeing Stone’s point, according to a poll.
Conservative pollster Rasmussen Reports released a poll Thursday that found 53 percent of voters agree with Stone’s assessment, according to The Washington Times.
That was up from 46 percent in December.
As the Times reported, “Public trust in the FBI has fallen to its lowest level in decades in the wake of its raid on former President Trump’s Palm Beach estate.”
Stone’s critique of the FBI was also shared by 49 percent of independents and even 37 percent of Democrats.
The Times added that 44 percent of respondents said their faith in the FBI dropped after the agency’s Aug. 8 raid on Trump’s Florida home.
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On the other hand, 29 percent said the raid boosted their trust of G-men.
The ratio of those who held a favorable view of the FBI in Rasmussen’s poll was 50 percent – down from 60 percent in May 2020.
The FBI raid on Trump allowed Stone to revisit his own unpleasant dealings with the FBI in 2019, when he was charged with seven counts, including obstruction of an official proceeding, making false statements and witness tampering following a pre-dawn raid at his Florida home.
Stone was convicted but later pardoned by Trump in December 2020.
“What most people don’t know is that one year after my pardon, when a federal judge ordered the Department of Justice to release [special counsel] Robert Mueller’s long-secret redacted report, he admitted that he had found quote ‘no factual evidence against Roger Stone,’” Stone told Newsmax Wednesday.
Stone claimed he was “essentially framed,” and added that the FBI’s aggressive entry into his home “was all done for the benefit of CNN.”
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