FBI carries out raid on Stone's home

A group of a dozen FBI agents and local police reportedly raided Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneRoger Stone served with Capitol riot lawsuit during radio interview Lawyer for 17 Jan. 6 defendants says he's been released from hospital Democrats' Jan. 6 subpoena-palooza sets dangerous precedent MORE’s home early Friday morning to apprehend him, marking a departure from how special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE is known to handle other witnesses tied to the Russia probe.

According to CNN reporters stationed outside of his home, the authorities announced their presence while knocking on the door at predawn hours. The FBI agents also reportedly said they had a warrant to search the home. 

When Stone answered the door, the agents asked him to confirm he is Roger Stone, before taking him into custody.

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CNN cameras were present at the time of Stone’s arrest, and the network has aired the footage.

The arrest was also apparently witnessed by former NFL star Chad Johnson, who tweeted early Friday that he saw Stone’s arrest. 

The FBI raid of former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ investigating one-time Trump campaign adviser over alleged ties to Qatar: report Foreign lobbyists donated over M during 2020 election: report Former Mueller prosecutor representing Donoghue in congressional probes: report MORE came months ahead of his indictment. Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen was also subject to a raid of his hotel room, home and office in New York City, but that too was prior to his arrest by federal authorities in Manhattan.

Kristin Davis, also known as the “Manhattan Madam,” told CNN that authorities also searched a New York duplex that she shares with Stone.

She told the network that she has recently moved out of the residence and wasn’t there when the FBI arrived.

Stone is facing seven charges in the special counsel’s probe, including five counts of making false statements, one count of obstruction of an official proceeding and one count of witness tampering.