Russia Probe: FBI Raided Manafort’s Home in July
Washington: FBI agents seized documents and other material last month at the Virginia home of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, as part of a special counsel’s probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, a spokesman for Manafort said on Wednesday.
The predawn raid was conducted at Manafor t ’s home in t he Washington suburb of Alexandria without advance warning on July 26, a day after Manafort had met with Senate Intelligence Committee staff members, the Washington Post reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the probe. The search warrant was wideranging and FBI agents working with Robert Mueller, the special counsel named by the US Justice Department in May to head the investigation, departed the home with various records, the Post said. Investigators were looking for tax documents and foreign banking records, the New York Times reported. Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni confirmed the raid had taken place. “FBI agents executed a searchwarrantatoneof Manafort’s residences. Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well,” Maloni said in an email.
The raid was the latest indication of the intensifying of Mueller’s probe, which Trump has derided as a “witch hunt”. Allegations of possible collusion between people associated with Trump’s campaign and Moscow have dogged Trump since he took office in January.
Mueller’steamisexaminingmoney-laundering accusations against Manafort, poring over his financial and real estate records in New York as well as his involvement in Ukrainian politics, two officials told Reuters last month.