FBI agents raided the home of President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort last month using a search warrant to obtain documents, the Washington Post first reported.
Government officials appeared at Manafort's home located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. without warning on July 26--the day after he voluntarily met with the staff for the Senate Intelligence Committee. The search warrant was wide-ranging, and FBI agents working under special counsel Robert Mueller left his home with various records.
The July raid was conducted in the wake of Manafort's willingness to provide documents to congressional committees investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The search warrant noted that investigators may have argued to a federal jury that they had reason to believe Manafort wouldn't hand over all the records in response to a grand jury subpoena.
The obtained documents, however, included materials that Manafort already provided to Congress.
“If the FBI wanted the documents, they could just ask [Manafort] and he would have turned them over,” said one adviser close to the White House.
Other documents seized in the raid are said to relate to note Manafort took while attending a meting with Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer at Trump tower in June 2016.
Manafort's spokesperson Jason Maloni confirmed the raid, adding that his client has "consistently" cooperated with law enforcement.
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