Paul Manafort has been a subject of a longstanding FBI investigation into his dealings in Ukraine
In this July 18, 2016, file photo, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort walks around the convention floor before the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster, File, photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster, File
09 of August 2017 12:13:00
WASHINGTON – FBI agents have searched one of the homes of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, whose past foreign political work has been swept into the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election. A Manafort spokesman confirmed the search Wednesday.Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said in a statement that FBI agents had obtained a warrant and searched one of Manafort's homes, but he would not say when the search occurred. The Washington Post, which first reported the raid, said agents working Special Counsel Robert Mueller conducted the search the morning of July 26 at Manafort's home in Alexandria, Virginia.https://youtu.be/CzQ20FJXYsI"Mr. Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well," Maloni said.Manafort has been a subject of a longstanding FBI investigation into his dealings in Ukraine and work for the country's former president, Viktor Yanukovych. That investigation has been incorporated into the probe led by Mueller, who is also scrutinizing Manafort's role in the Trump campaign as he looks into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and any possible collusion with Trump associates.Manafort, who led the Trump campaign for several months, has denied any wrongdoing.The use of a search warrant shows law enforcement officials have convinced a judge there is probable cause to believe a crime may have been committed.Manafort has recently cooperated with congressional committees investigating the election interference. He sat for a private interview with staff of the Senate intelligence committee the day before the FBI raid.The topic of the panel's interview was confined to a June 2016 meeting Manafort attended with Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Donald Trump Jr. That meeting, held at Trump Tower in New York, was described to Trump Jr. in emails as part of a Russian government effort to help the Trump campaign by passing along information that could be used against Democrat Hillary Clinton.During the Senate committee interview , Manafort provided his recollection of the Trump Tower meeting and turned over contemporaneous notes he took during the gathering.
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