Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Reuters -- FBI raided former Trump campaign manager's home in Russia probe

"FBI agents raided president Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s Alexandria home using a search warrant to seize documents and other materials without advance warning in the pre-dawn hours of July 26, the day after he met voluntarily with the staff for the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"The search warrant was wide-ranging and FBI agents working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III departed the home with various records.

"The raid came as 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.

"It could also have been intended to send a message to President Trump’s former campaign chairman that he should not expect gentle treatment or legal courtesies from Mueller’s team."

By Sarah N. Lynch and Patricia Zengerle