FBI Raided Paul Manafort's Home To Aid Special Counsel Investigation

Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland

The Washington Post reported that agents executed a "wide-ranging" search warrant in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and took various records. Manafort, however, complied with law enforcement officers.

The FBI has conducted a pre-dawn raid on the Virginia home of Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, US media report. In March, the AP reported that Manafort also secretly worked for a Russian billionaire with ties to Putin to advance a pro-Putin agenda under the Bush administration between 2006 and 2009.

It could also have been meant to send a message to President Trump's former campaign chairman that he should not expect gentle treatment or legal courtesies from Mueller's team. This would have been a day after he met privately with the Senate Intelligence Committee. A Manafort spokesman confirmed the search Wednesday. According to the Post, "documents and other materials" were seized.

A Washington-based defense lawyer with a client caught in the Russian Federation probe said Mueller may also want to turn Manafort into a cooperative witness, something the former campaign manager's representatives had previously said wasn't happening.

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On Aug. 3, officials disclosed that Mueller had impaneled a grand jury for the Russian Federation probe in Washington, D.C. There had already been a grand jury for the investigation into former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to The Hill.

Investigators seized material Manafort had already turned over to Congress, according to sources familiar with the search, and he provided about 400 pages of documents to Senate investigators on August 2.

In recent months, Flynn and Manafort have turned over documents to congressional committees investigating the election interference.

The content of the documents was not immediately clear. Manafort recently spoke with staff of the Senate Intelligence committee about a June 2016 meeting he attended with Donald Trump Jr. The meeting and the search are in connection with the investigation into Russian meddling in the United States 2016 election.

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