FBI raids former Trump campaign manager Manafort’s home

Agency seized papers as part of probe into alleged Russian meddling in 2016 election

Paul Manafort, former manager of Donald Trump’s US election campaign. His house was raided by the FBI in July as part of a special counsel’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Photograph:  Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Paul Manafort, former manager of Donald Trump’s US election campaign. His house was raided by the FBI in July as part of a special counsel’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

 

FBI agents seized documents and other material from the Virginia home of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, during a July raid as part of a special counsel’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, a spokesman for Mr Manafort said on Wednesday.

Mr Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni confirmed that the raid, first reported by the Washington Post, had taken place.

The pre-dawn raid was conducted at Mr Manafort’s home in the Washington suburb of Alexandria without advance warning on July 26th, a day after Mr Manafort had met with staff members of the Senate intelligence committee, the Post said, citing unidentified people familiar with the probe.

“FBI agents executed a search warrant at one of Mr Manafort’s residences. Mr Manafort has consistently co-operated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well,” Mr Maloni said in an email.

The search warrant was wide-ranging and FBI agents working with special counsel Robert Mueller departed the home with various records, the Post reported.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation did not immediately return a request for comment on the report. Joshua Stueve, a spokesman for Mr Mueller’s office, declined to comment.

Reuters