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FBI agents search former Trump campaign chairman's home

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published August 9, 2017 at 11:31 a.m. Updated August 9, 2017 at 4:45 p.m.

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In this July 17, 2016 file photo, then Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as Rick Gates listens at back left.

WASHINGTON — FBI agents looking for financial documents 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 or what it was for.

"Mr. Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well," Maloni said.

The Associated Press has learned the warrant for the search July 26 at Manafort's home in Alexandria, Va., sought information including tax documents and banking records. The Washington Post first reported the raid.

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 special counsel Robert 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. He also spoke privately Senate investigators for an interview just one day before the search of his home.

The use of a search warrant indicates that law enforcement officials have convinced a judge there is probable cause to believe a crime may have been committed. A house raid can be seen as an aggressive tactic given that Manafort has been cooperating with congressional investigators and has turned over hundreds of pages of documents.

One focus of the multiple probes, including Mueller's, is 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 his Senate intelligence committee interview , Manafort provided his recollection of the Trump Tower meeting and turned over contemporaneous notes he took during the gathering. The interview was confined to that meeting.

Manafort has also turned over other documents to the Senate intelligence committee as well as about 400 pages of records to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Meanwhile, the Judiciary Committee said Wednesday it has also received about 250 pages of documents from Trump Jr. and about 20,000 pages from the Trump campaign.

The content of the documents was not immediately clear. The committee said it received the Manafort and Trump campaign documents on Aug. 2 and the records from Trump Jr. on Aug. 4.

Judiciary committee leaders have also been in talks with Trump Jr. and Manafort about private interviews. The committee initially called for them to testify publicly, but lawmakers have since said they were negotiating the terms of their appearances.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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RBear says... August 9, 2017 at 11:58 a.m.

Yep, it's just starting to get interesting. The most interesting part is that Mueller served a surprise search warrant on Manafort, bringing into question what might the investigation be looking for.
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No, before all the right wingers start eagerly dismissing this please note the cool and calm commentary by those of us on the progressive side. I think most are ready to watch this play out, unlike the "lock her up" chants by the right on Clinton.

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23cal says... August 9, 2017 at 1:07 p.m.

Drip, drip, drip.......

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djigoo says... August 9, 2017 at 2:50 p.m.

Very telling that they went through the steps necessary for issuing a warrant for the raid instead of merely a subpoena.

Strong smell of criminal activity.

And now we learn that Trump's stupid transgender ban tweets were sent just prior to the raid, most likely in another fruitless attempt to steal focus. What an inept, criminal coward we have as POTUS.

Drip...drip...drip...

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Packman says... August 9, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.

Hey RBear - And as you brag that progressives/libs aren't yelling "lock her (him) up", your like-minded buddies 23cal and amgoo help you step on a rake with their childish "drip, drip. drip". You libtwits just can't seem to ever get on the same page.
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But yes, by all means let it all play out. I suspect Manafort lied/misspoke on something somewhere along the way and Mueller smells blood in the water. Don Jr. (Jethro Trump) has already shown terrible judgment by taking the bait of an ill-advised meeting involving someone from Russia and may have committed a crime in the process. General Flynn seems to be in some sort of sh*tstorm as well, hopefully due to poor judgment and arrogance and not criminal intent. So yes, by all means let it play out. But don't be dishonest and say "cool and calm" exists in the lib/progressive camp. Don't even go there with the leadership of the movement (Maxine Waters) screeching IMPEACHMENT on a daily basis.

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RBear says... August 9, 2017 at 3:33 p.m.

LOL, you equate "drip, drip, drip" to "lock her up?" Please. Not even. But I know in your drama queen mind it must be.

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DoubleBlind says... August 9, 2017 at 3:48 p.m.

Raids are only necessary when requests for voluntary cooperation are denied. These are not pleasant. They usually begin with a vigorous knock on the door around dawn while the target is still in PJs and prior to any coffee. Target is required to remain seated and under observation while agents move quickly through the house confiscating computers, files, phones, etc. I can't imagine Mueller going to this length without some very substantive justification. This isn't 'drip', this is 'sit down and shut up' by armed federal agents.

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Packman says... August 9, 2017 at 4:34 p.m.

Hey RBear - It most definitely is the same - guilty until proven innocent - drip, drip, drip. That rake that was pushed in front of you by your buddies is going to leave a mark. As Bill Clinton might say, better put some ice on it.
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Do you deny Maxine Waters' constantly makes hysterical calls for impeachment? Drip, drip, drip equals Maine Waters as the face of the Democrat Party. Do you not embrace Maxine, RBear? Cool and calm? Nah, you're wrong.

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djigoo says... August 9, 2017 at 4:53 p.m.

The longer the Trump Regime is in the shadow of the loud of criminality, the better.

Let it play out.

Queenie is making sh!t up again.

Figures. The facts aren't on his side, so that's all he has.

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djigoo says... August 9, 2017 at 5:09 p.m.

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