The FBI Raided Manafort's Home

Posted: Aug 09, 2017 1:30 PM

The FBI  raided former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s house a few weeks ago, meaning that the investigation into his business ties has become more serious. The raid was part of the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

The New York Times has the report.

Until now, it was only known that Mr. Manafort was under investigation for his business dealings with his son-in-law, his role in the 2016 meeting between Trump campaign officials and the Russians and whether his work for the Ukranian government violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Manafort's spokesman confirmed the house call.

"FBI agents executed a search warrant at one of Mr. Manafort's residences. Mr. Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well."

The pre-dawn FBI raid on Manafort’s home in Alexandria, VA took place soon after Manafort met with the Senate Intelligence Committee on July 25 to discuss a meeting Donald Trump Jr. had with a Russian lawyer during last year’s presidential campaign. Trump Jr. had apparently been under the impression the lawyer had damaging information on his dad's opponent Hillary Clinton, yet all they ended up talking about was adoption.

Manafort also handed over 400 pages of documents to the committee, while the Trump campaign at large produced 20,000 pages last week.

Despite all of the investigations, no evidence has yet surfaced to suggest Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.

He has dismissed the special counsel probe as a “witch hunt.”