CNN was the sole news organization on the scene at the dramatic pre-dawn FBI raid on the home of former Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone.
Many have wondered how the cable news outlet knew to have a camera crew stationed outside. (Mediaite)
Speaking with CNN’s John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, CNN producer David Shortell said he had a gut instinct to go to Stone’s residence after noticing unusual grand jury activity in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.
“The whole Russia team thought, maybe something was happening. There was unusual grand jury activity in Washington, D.C. yesterday. Robert Mueller’s grand jury typically meets on Friday, yesterday, a Thursday, there was grand jury activity,” Shortell said.
“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, we were the only ones there, and lo and behold the FBI agents did come and arrest him,” he added.
Competitive cable news outlets have suggested something nefarious, as though the Mueller office (known for never leaking) was somehow in cahoots with CNN. The far more likely explanation is that Shortell simply did his job: old school gumshoe reporting.