The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrived without warning at the home of Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, in the early hours of July 26, Opposition Report has learned. The raid, which was accompanied by a federally-issued search warrant, came the day after Manafort voluntarily met with Senate Intelligence Committee staff.
It’s also the day that Manafort was supposed to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee:
The Subpoena for Manafort is for him to attend WEDNESDAY’S Judiciary Cmte hearing: pic.twitter.com/NT3XSLm7ri
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) July 25, 2017
That subpoena came on the heels of Manafort agreeing to meet with Congress, but refusing to comply with the conditions they laid out for his testimony. Mysteriously, the subpoena was dropped that same day — presumably, we now know, because the FBI secured the information that Congress was seeking from among Manafort’s possessions and documentation.
Manafort registered as a foreign agent in June, but only after over a decade of work for numerous foreign governments. He had previously worked to assist Russia in their invasion of Crimea, as well as for a number of dictators around the world: Mobutu Sese Seko in the Congo, Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines, and Jonas Savimbi in Angola.
From the Washington Post:
Manafort’s allies fear that Mueller hopes to build a case against Manafort unrelated to the 2016 campaign, in hopes that the former campaign operative would provide information against others in Trump’s inner circle in exchange for lessening his own legal exposure.”
In other words, the raid could be an effort to get Manafort to “flip” on Trump in the larger investigation.
Reportedly among the items seized are notes or memos taken during the infamous meeting Manafort attended between Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, and Kremlin lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya last year, in the search for damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
This is a developing story, and we will continue to update as we learn more.
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