Early Friday morning, a group of armed FBI agents stormed the Florida home of longtime Trump associate Roger Stone. Stone has been indicted by a federal grand jury of lying about Russia meddling in the 2016 election, according to special counsel Robert Mueller.
Mueller claims that Stone, at the direction of “a senior Trump Campaign official,” sought stolen WikiLeaks emails in an attempt to damage Trump’s opponents. He has also been charged with obstruction, making false statements, and witness tampering, though Mueller’s office has not accused Stone of conducting any criminal activity during the campaign.
A CNN video of the raid on Stone’s home has been making the rounds on Twitter.
“FBI. Open the door.”
Watch exclusive CNN footage of the FBI arresting longtime Trump associate Roger Stone. Stone has been indicted by a grand jury on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller. https://t.co/5QHKDB2mfA pic.twitter.com/UeKo7CmXWo
— CNN (@CNN) January 25, 2019
Stone’s arrest and the CNN footage evoked dozens of jokes from Twitter. Folks were gleeful over the notion that FBI agents raiding Stone’s home were volunteers working for free, on account of Trump’s ongoing government shutdown.
“furloughed FBI agents volunteered to arrest roger stone” is the funniest sentence in the english language
— aída chávez (@aidachavez) January 25, 2019
Doesn’t seem like the wall around Roger Stone’s house did much to stop the caravan of FBI agents.
— andy lassner (@andylassner) January 25, 2019
FBI Agents: Man fuck this…I'm not getting paid so I'm not gonna do work
Mueller: We need some agents to arrest Roger Stone this morning
FBI Agents: pic.twitter.com/YB96hmHNE0
— Darth Kriss (@insanityreport) January 25, 2019
Posted on Roger Stone’s Instagram 35 minutes ago. pic.twitter.com/XWnYAE8C2A
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) January 25, 2019
Roger Stone getting arrested pic.twitter.com/CrvNyH5OlY
— Jordan Gilmore (@jordangilmore) January 25, 2019
— Mojo_Rising (@chaitanyaakondi) January 25, 2019
Live footage of Roger Stone fighting off FBI agents pic.twitter.com/LKvO1fFzRM
— Charles #GetCovered-ba (@charles_gaba) January 25, 2019
alex jones’ four stages of grief after hearing about roger stone pic.twitter.com/hMC5YZk1Qm
— siraj hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) January 25, 2019
Roger Stone is 70% hot dog skin pic.twitter.com/OUKugql2kW
— Kelvin Yu (@InternetKelvin) January 25, 2019
10. To be clear: The Richard Nixon tattoo on Stone’s back is not a joke.
I'm surprised that Roger Stone, the man with the Richard Nixon tattoo was doing some crimes. pic.twitter.com/epyXLOXgf5
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) January 25, 2019
"I'm just a fan, that's all. Your biggest fan."
— Political Partridge (@PoliticalAP) January 25, 2019
With that tattoo of Nixon on his back, Roger Stone's friends in prison will get to look at a crook and a liar no matter which side of him they are facing.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 25, 2019
13. The majority of the jokes focused on Stone’s anachronistic style of dress. His affinity for top hats and what are essentially 007-flavored zoot suits did not go unnoticed.
Anyone criticizing the use of a S.W.A.T. team in Roger Stone's arrest clearly isn't familiar with the danger posed by his collection of trick umbrellas. pic.twitter.com/yrnuk7X398
— Jon Zal (@OfficialJonZal) January 25, 2019
my dude looks like the babadook https://t.co/9d0C79q9Om
— Goth Ms. Frizzle (@spookperson) March 15, 2017
Roger Stone always looked like he was starring in a Broadway musical about prohibition pic.twitter.com/f33zx9MCti
— Michael (@Home_Halfway) January 25, 2019
Breaking: Roger Stone arrested on charges of dunking a cartoon shoe in the Dip. pic.twitter.com/6nenzd14Lc
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) January 25, 2019
Roger Stone is gonna cut a deal where he gets to swap his orange jumpsuit for extra-extra-wide Charlie Chaplin–movie prisoner stripes with a matching round striped hat and a Hamburglar eye mask
— Tom Scocca (@tomscocca) January 25, 2019
Live feed from Roger Stone’s webcam pic.twitter.com/QWutDs0wE1
— Mr Roger Quimbly (@RogerQuimbly) January 25, 2019
I just read that Roger Stone’s middle name is Jason, which might be the weirdest detail of the whole story. I figured it would be like…Mortimer or Krampus.
— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) January 25, 2019
Roger Stone tried to getaway from the FBI on an old timey penny-farthing and got his long tie caught in the spokes but he kept peddling until it cut off the air to his head and his head ballooned two ten times its size and he floated onto a garbage barge where he lives now.
— luke o'neil (@lukeoneil47) January 25, 2019
21. Batman jokes abounded.
I worry Roger Stone will just break out of Arkham Asylum pic.twitter.com/YRR4Yfzg7l
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) January 25, 2019
In the Christopher Nolan remake of all this, they're going to have to make Roger Stone somewhat realistic.
— LOLGOP? (@LOLGOP) January 25, 2019
If Mueller wants Roger Stone to talk, he'll seize his collection of Bond Villain outfits. pic.twitter.com/0opiqZIM3E
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) January 25, 2019
Reading about Roger Stone thinking his life is a Godfather movie pic.twitter.com/7x2acFREcA
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) January 25, 2019
so my understanding is they are sending roger stone to arkham asylum?
— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) January 25, 2019
Fitting they are both down the same day since Roger Stone is the LaGuradia Airport of human beings.
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) January 25, 2019
Roger Stone doo doo doo doo doo doo
— Bryan Bennett (@bryanbennett85) January 25, 2019
— Marc (@MarcSnetiker) January 18, 2019
me when roger stone gets arrested pic.twitter.com/DZseyAOQeK
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) January 25, 2019
Stone denied any connection to WikiLeaks or knowledge of the DNC email leaks, but past statements tell a different story. In the run-up to the 2016 election, Stone often spoke about leaks of Democrats’ emails, even praising “Guccifer 2.0,” the hacker who took responsibility for breaking into DNC servers.
The former Trump campaign player has also stated that he’d “communicated” and “dined” with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and threatened the Clinton campaign repeatedly with hints that more damaging leaks were forthcoming.