A spokesman for Washington power broker and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort confirmed Wednesday the FBI raided Manafort’s Alexandria, Va., home in July as part of the ongoing probe of Russian ties to the Trump presidential campaign.
“FBI agents executed a search warrant at one of Mr. Manafort’s residences. Mr. Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well,” said Manafort spokesman Jason Meloni.
The unannounced pre-dawn raid took place on July 26, one day following Mr. Manafort’s voluntary meeting with Senate intelligence committee staff.
Senate judiciary committee aide, George Hartmann, said Manafort turned over 400 pages of documents, including Foreign Agent Registration Act forms to the panel on August 2.
According to sources speaking to The Washington Post, the special counsel leading the probe, former FBI director Robert Mueller, had reason to believe Manafort “could not be trusted” to turn over all documents in response to a grand jury subpoena.
Similarly, The New York Times reported FBI agents on the scene were specifically searching for tax documents and foreign banking records, of which are often connected to an investigation into violations to the Banking Secrecy Act.
Mr. Manafort briefly served as President Trump’s campaign manager in 2016, but was ousted in August over accusations related to his lobbying work on behalf of former Ukrainian President Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych.
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