Rus­sia Probe: FBI Raided Manafort’s Home in July

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

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.

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