While the public has known to some degree that Paul Manafort was being looked at by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for potential ties to Russia, as far as the investigation goes, we have been led to believe that Manafort was cooperating with investigators by handing over pertinent documents, and that up until this point, the relationship between investigators and Manafort has mostly been cooperative in nature.
This morning though, the Washington Post has dropped a bombshell of an article. According to Carol D. Leonnig, Tom Hamburger and Rosalind S. Helderman of the Post, a search warrant was issued by FBI agents in the pre-dawn hours of July 26 — exactly 2 weeks ago today — as the agents raided the Alexandria, Virginia home of Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. As part of the raid, the agents seized documents, records and other materials.
This was also the day after Manafort had met with the Senate Intelligence Committee and voluntarily provided them with documents they had requested. It is interesting to note that in order to obtain a search and seizure warrant, the Special Counsel would have had to provide probable cause to a federal judge, and that judge would have had to agree that evidence of a crime was “probably” in the home of Manafort.
“If the FBI wanted the documents, they could just ask [Manafort] and he would have turned them over,” said a adviser close to the White House.
Obviously the FBI and Robert Mueller did not feel confident that Manafort would in fact turn over all pertinent documents voluntarily, and believed that he was hiding something.
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