FBI reportedly raids Paul Manafort’s home as Trump–Russia probe escalates

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The FBI raided the home of President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort late last month as part of the ongoing Justice Department probe into Russia.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation used a search warrant to seize documents and other materials in Manafort’s home in Virginia on July 26, the Washington Post reported. The raid came the day after he met with members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is conducting its own Russia-related investigation.

The agents were working with Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to lead the DOJ’s investigation into Russia ties, the Post reported.

Mueller is leading a sweeping investigation into Russia’s attempts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election. The probe includes looking into whether Trump or members of his team colluded with Russian operatives in that effort, as well as whether Trump attempted to obstruct the DOJ investigation.

The Post reports that Mueller may be attempting to build a separate legal case against Manafort in an effort to have him provide information against other Trump campaign operatives in exchange for “lessening his own legal exposure.”

Manafort had provided documents to both committees in Congress investigating Russia interference in the election and Trump’s campaign. Those documents were included in what was seized during the raid, the Post reported.

The documents are also expected to include notes Manafort took during the controversial meeting he attended with Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner, the president’s adviser and son-in-law, where they met with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton last June.

You can read all of the Washington Post’s full report here.

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