FBI raids home of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort to ‘seize documents’ — then Trump tweets his trans ban.
After obtaining a search warrant, the FBI raided the home of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort in the early morning hours on July 26 in order to ‘seize documents and other materials’ according to the Washington Post.
The raid occurred at Manafort’s home in Alexandria Virginia the day after his voluntary meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee.
According to the Post he was not told ahead of time that federal agents would show up at his front door:
The search warrant was wide-ranging and FBI agents working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III departed the home with various records.
Jason Maloni – a spokesman for Manafort – confirmed that agents executed a warrant at one of the political consultant’s homes and that Manafort cooperated with the search.
Manafort has been voluntarily producing documents to congressional committees investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The search warrant indicates investigators may have argued to a federal judge they had reason to believe Manafort could not be trusted to turn over all records in response to a grand jury subpoena.CNN’s Jim Sciutto pointed out that ‘the FBI would need to show probable cause that a crime was committed’ – in order to obtain the search warrant.