Paul Manafort ran President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign for months after Corey Lewandowski left. Now, we learned his home in Virginia was raided by the FBI for documents related to Russian “meddling.” What a witch hunt!
As The Washington Post reports, the raid happened two weeks ago, but it’s just now becoming public:
FBI agents raided the Alexandria home of President Trump’s former campaign chairman late last month, using a search warrant to seize documents and other materials, according to people familiar with the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Federal agents appeared at Paul Manafort’s home without advance warning in the predawn hours of July 26, the day after he met voluntarily with the staff for the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The search warrant was wide-ranging and FBI agents working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III departed the home with various records. Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Manafort, confirmed that agents executed a warrant at one of the political consultant’s homes and that Manafort cooperated with the search.
Manafort has been voluntarily producing documents to congressional committees investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. The search warrant indicates investigators may have argued to a federal judge they had reason to believe Manafort could not be trusted to turn over all records in response to a grand jury subpoena.
It could also have been intended to send a message to President Trump’s former campaign chairman that he should not expect gentle treatment or legal courtesies from Mueller’s team.
As we’re learning, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has expanded the investigation improperly– far beyond the scope of Russia. Now he’s going after Manafort personally, using his unchecked powers to destroy Manafort’s professional and personal life.
It’s unclear what information was found as a result of the raid. And we may never know those details.
Spokesman: FBI agents served search warrant at the home of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, @AP reports
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