Home of Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, searched in Federal Bureau of Investigation probe

Frederick Owens
August 10, 2017

Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni says Federal Bureau of Investigation agents obtained a warrant and searched one of Manafort's homes.

A spokesman for the political consultant confirmed the raid and said he had consistently cooperated with law enforcement.

The FBI search was first reported Wednesday by the Washington Post, which said it occurred July 26.

The search of his home has signaled to others that Mueller's special counsel does not trust Manafort to hand over relevant documents to investigators.

Prior to the raid, Manafort had voluntarily produced documents to congressional committees conducting separate investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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Since the investigation began, Manafort and Donald Trump, Jr., have voluntarily handed over documents to the Senate's intelligence committee in compliance with the probe.

Paul Manafort, senior advisor to Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, exits following a meeting of Donald Trump's national finance team at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City, U.S., June 9, 2016.

Officials did not disclose where the search warrant was carried out. Mr Manafort, who led the Trump campaign for several months, has denied any wrongdoing. The source told CNN the documents seized included financial and tax records and at least some of the information had already been provided to Senate investigators. This would have been a day after he met privately with the Senate Intelligence Committee. Trump Jr published emails about the meeting that suggested he was expecting to receive information to use against Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Last month it was claimed that US investigators examining the money laundering accusations against Manafort hope to push him to cooperate with their probe into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Sources with knowledge of Mueller's inquiry into Manafort say the search of Manafort's residence is tied to the intense investigation into the former campaign chairman's business dealings and financial relationships, both in the US and overseas. His retroactive filing covered his work on behalf of Ukraine's pro-Russian Party of Regions in 2012 and 2013.

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