FBI Agents Conducted Predawn Raid Of Paul Manafort's Home

Confirming that Special Counsel Mueller's probe has a particular interest in the business dealing of Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, the WaPo reports that FBI agents "raided the Alexandria home of President Trump’s former campaign chairman late last month, using a search warrant to seize documents and other materials."

Federal agents reportedly appeared at Manafort’s home without advance warning two weeks ago, in the predawn hours on Wednesday, July 26, the day after he met voluntarily with the staff for the Senate Intelligence Committee. The WaPo reports that the served search warrant was "wide-ranging and FBI agents working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III departed the home with various records."

The raid came as Manafort has been voluntarily producing documents to congressional committees investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. The search warrant indicates investigators may have argued to a federal judge they had reason to believe Manafort could not be trusted to turn over all records in response to a grand jury subpoena.


It could also have been intended 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.

Among the documents taken were materials Manafort had already provided to Congress, WaPo's sources said. “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. Clearly, the intention was different.

As ABC adds, the Trump campaign sent over more than 20,000 pages of documents to the committee last Wednesday, which was the deadline to submit documents, and Manafort handed over about 400 pages, including his foreign-advocacy paperwork, on the same day, according to the spokesperson. Additionally, Trump Jr. submitted about 250 pages on Friday.

For now, the significance of the records seized from Manafort’s apartment is unclear, with the publication adding that Manafort provided documents to both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate and House intelligence committees.

The documents are said to include notes Manafort took while attending a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in June 2016.

The news comes one week after the WSJ reported that Mueller had empanelled a grand jury in his ongoing probe of "Russian interference" in the US election, a development which while expected, has been seen by some as adverse for Trump and the members of his presidential campaign.

Following the news, yields are edging lower yet again while the USD is suddenly looking shaky after spiking earlier in the session.


Mr. Universe Keyser Wed, 08/09/2017 - 10:55 Permalink

Gee, wouldn't you think they would be raiding all ties to the Awan's instead? What was on Wiener's computer? Or how about using the same effort and manpower to find Seth Rich's killer(s), or at least having an on camera interview with Eric Braverman? No? Then this fish has indeed rotted from the inside out. We are done, nothing more than useless eaters to these guys. Anyone, ANYONE who threatens them will be taken out.

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MalteseFalcon Mr. Universe Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:21 Permalink

It's becoming clear that Trump is not in charge of a meaningful portion of the executive branch e.g. the DOJ.I doubt that anything meaningful will be found in Manafort's residence relative to Russian hacking of the elections for the simple reason that no Russian hacking occurred and the story is a complete lie.However, Mueller's "investigation" is a fishing expedition, and whatever embarrassing or actionable items that are discovered will be leaked to the waiting press.Mueller's hope is that Trump will do something to contravene the fishing expedition, so actual charges can be laid. "The cover up" if you will.What will Sessions do about Mueller's leaks?That's a rhetorical question.Nothing.And all of the crimes by Obama, Hillary, Bill, Holder, Lynch, Rice, Powers, Lerner, Washer-woman-Shultz, etal. will go completely uncontested.  

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justin423 two hoots Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:25 Permalink

 A House cleaning because it seems that even the Trump campaign interns had contact with the Russians or were GRU plants and were involved in crimes such as money laundering, income tax evasion and election tampering.In other breaking news, the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees will be investigating whether the FBI should have done a pre-dawn raid at Robby Mook's house instead, because he committed the crime of working for the Democrats. 

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TheReplacement two hoots Wed, 08/09/2017 - 11:32 Permalink

Even if they find something like electronic documetation there is no way to verify that the CIA or NSA didn't use one of their backdoors to plant the evidence. Even if they find something like hard copy documentation there is no way to verify that the CIA or NSA didn't use one of their backdoors to plant the evidence.There is simply no way you can protect yourself against the enemy within from planting evidence on your computer/phone or in your home. 

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pods TheReplacement Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:16 Permalink

This right here is why the tools the NSA has that were leaked are so damn dangerous.  Finding evidence on your computer will surely stand up to any jury, especially if the "experts" that are determining the validity of said evidence are in on the scam, so they now have the power to take anyone down. Kiddie porn?  Boom, life ruined.It's like DNA found at a crime scene. It's looked at as the "gold standard" when it comes to evidence, yet if they have your DNA sequence in advance, the can mimic said sequence by custom blending of DNA fragments to take you down. Who in their right mind would sit in a jury box, see the pattern match with a 1 in 10 billion chance of a mistake, and find you not guilty?  All they need to do this is to have your DNA profile in advance.  Now how would they get that?  Well remember when you got thinking of your Great Grandpa telling the story of how you were related to William Wallace and you decided to check Ancenstry.com or the myriad of other places that will test your DNA?  Or now how they can take your blood as a child to protect you in case you were ever kidnapped?They have it, and they can take you down if they feel a reason to do so.Technology today has become a tool of enslavement for us, keeping us in line.pods

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Lucretius pods Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:44 Permalink

Agreed Pods, but, does not the fact that this situation is now common knowledge provide some sense of defense? How indeed can it be "proved" beyond a reasonable doubt, real and factual "evidence? This is the real beauty in what Wiki has provided! The defense possible however would be realized only if we in fact had an honest and functional judiciary in this asylum... which we do not   .

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AMPALANCE GoingBig Wed, 08/09/2017 - 15:32 Permalink

We are afraid Hillary and company will get off. We are afraid the lunatic left will destroy Western Civilization, We are afraid the lunatic left, it's media and it's bureaucrats will be allowed to nullify our votes, and forever take away our ability to choose our leaders, we are afraid the lunatic left will successfully start a cold or hot war with Russia rather than admit their policies although they may sound nice, have never and will never work There is more if you are still interested.

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Wide-Eyed and … pods Wed, 08/09/2017 - 15:32 Permalink

This.  I am at a total loss to understand the whole "Gee, I wonder who my ancestors were?"  thing.  What difference does it make?  I don't decide if you are a decent human being based on your pedigree.  Each of us stand or fall on our own merits, not on what our great great great grandparents did.  And if they came from Ireland, Germany or Belaruse, who cares?  Remember the whole melting pot thing? I wil not call blacks African Americans.  Either you are an American just like me or you aren't.  If your first allegiance isn't to this country, then you aren't an American anything.  Around here, we have a bunch of Italian Americans.  Really?  Well, if being Italian is that important to you that the Italian part comes first, then perhaps you should be heading back home to the old country.My husband thought he might like to send his dna off to see who he really was.  I told him who he really was.  End of story.  I have lost friendships when I told people how stupid I thought they were for doing this. Oh well.  Then my moron sister sent hers off.  It didn't come back showing what she expected.  Now she wants to do her daughter's dna because it might be more "accurate".  Lord help me, but sometimes the stupid just hurts so bad.  Especially when other people's stupid involves me without my knowledge or consent.

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FoggyWorld two hoots Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:10 Permalink

Sessions isn't doing anything.   The Awan brother is still facing only charges that pertain to another one of his rackets -used cars.  Not one charge pertaining to the PC's and blackberries or Debbie Wasserman Shultz.Mueller has already shot his reputation by hiring only Clinton contributors and supporters.  Sort of says it all.

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BrownCoat hardmedicine Wed, 08/09/2017 - 13:35 Permalink

Trump and some people in his Administration are probably following some moral ethical behavior model. Other people in his Adminstration (particularly Obama holdovers and career govt workers) will do anything legal and illegal to harass and damage this Administration. Obviously, the cheaters have more experience and a wider set of options than the pro-Trump side.

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justin423 two hoots Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:41 Permalink

This article scares the crap out of me. (and it seems the commenters are the same as here, completely nuts and delusional) https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/special-counsel-mueller-disclos… has assembled a 1927 Yankees team for minumum wage salaries on a moment's notice. It scares the crap out of me because to do that, his interviews with them must have scared the crap out of them

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