TRUMP POLLS CAMPAIGN CHIEF’S HOME RAIDED
FBI investigating Paul Manafort for money laundering
ARAID on the Virginia home of President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign manager indicates that investigations of possible ties between the campaign and Russia are intensifying, being focused on the financial dealings of Trump associates, sources familiar with the probe said.
Longtime political consultant and lobbyist Paul Manafort is being investigated for possible money laundering, and has been targeted as someone who might testify against former colleagues, said two people familiar with the work of special counsel Robert Mueller.
Manafort’s spokesman, Jason Maloni, confirmed on Wednesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at one of Manafort’s homes.
“Mr Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well,” Maloni said in an email.
Manafort’s house in Alexandria, near Washington, was raided in the early morning of July 26, the Washington Post reported. The previous day, Manafort had met Senate Intelligence Committee staff, the Washington Post reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the probe.
Tax documents and financial records were sought by agents for Mueller in the raid, the New York Times reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.
Mueller’s team is poring over Manafort’s financial and real estate records in New York and his involvement in Ukrainian politics, the two sources said last month.
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal called the raid a “highly significant step” and said it was “typical of the most serious criminal investigations dealing with uncooperative or untrusted potential targets”.
Trump has been attacking Blumenthal on Twitter this week after the senator urged Mueller to press his inquiry forward.
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Trump has called Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt”. Allegations of collusion between Trump associates and Moscow have hounded the Republican president since he took office in January, presenting a major distraction from his policy agenda.
Russia has repeatedly denied meddling in the US election.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has been trying to track money that Manafort used to buy properties in New York, and looking into millions of dollars of loans later taken out on the properties, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The prosecutor has issued a subpoena to Federal Savings Bank, a small Chicago bank founded by a former Trump campaign adviser, and is interested in the loan paperwork, the person said. Reuters
Donald Trump giving a thumbs up as his campaign manager Paul Manafort (centre) and daughter Ivanka look on at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last year.