FBI agents praised for arresting Roger Stone without pay

FBI agents led a pre-dawn raid to arrest Roger Stone on Friday morning—a longtime confidante of President Donald Trump—as part of of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into the 2016 election.

The raid, however, came on the 35th day of the government shutdown, which began before Christmas. The shutdown has seen federal workers go without pay since early January.

So the FBI agents who carried out the raid were doing so without being compensated for it. But because Stone is a notorious online shitposter and troll—who has made a career by being one of the shadiest actors in politics—people figured on this one, the FBI didn’t mind working for free.

They was some speculation online that the agents were furloughed workers, who showed up for work today just to carry out the raid.

However, according to an FBI spokesperson, the agents who conducted the raid have not been furloughed and have been working since the shutdown began. They have, like all government workers, been doing their job without pay.

Stone was long considered a go-between for the campaign and WikiLeaks. Mueller’s indictment levies that exact charge against him, saying Stone discussed the release of emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign with a Trump official.

He is expected to be arraigned in court today in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

This post has been updated.

David Covucci

David Covucci

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