Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano on Monday compared the arrest of Trump confidant Roger Stone on Friday to the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan in 2011.
“There were 29 FBI agents in 17 vehicles, two of which were armored,” Napolitano said on air Monday, referring to the Stone arrest. “They not only had side arms, they had what we call assault rifles, heavy-duty military-grade machine guns, and there were two boats behind Stone’s house, which abuts on a canal in Ft. Lauderdale. And there was a helicopter hovering overhead.”
Napolitano compared that formation to the “12 SEALs” who “went after Osama bin Laden.”
“So you had more than twice as many to arrest this person for a non-violent crime with no history of violence,” he said.
In criticizing the arrest method, Napolitano joins Stone himself, who on Sunday said the FBI used “Gestapo tactics,” comparing the law enforcement agency to the Nazi secret police force. On Monday, Stone told reporters the FBI used “greater force than was used to take down bin Laden or El Chapo or Pablo Escobar.”
According to court documents, the indictment against Stone was sealed to minimize the risk that he’d destroy evidence. It appears Stone’s arrest took place during the pre-dawn hours, and involved such a large number of FBI personnel, for the same reason.
FBI agents were spotted taking away electronic devices including hard drives from Stone’s New York apartment, and his recording studio in South Florida was also raided, various reports have noted.
Andrew Napolitano compares Roger Stone's arrest to the bin Laden raid: pic.twitter.com/bL1egJuaBB
— Matt Shuham (@mattshuham) January 28, 2019