The Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) in late July, raided the house of the former head of the election campaign Donald trump Paul Manafort in Alexandria, Virginia, reports the newspaper The Washington Post.
Agents took files and other materials July 26, the day after Manafort met with the Senate Committee on intelligence, where is the investigation of Russian interference in the presidential election.
According to the newspaper, was searched at dawn, and heading the FBI investigation of special Prosecutor Robert Mueller Manafort with the “different records”.
Sources close to the investigation said that Manafort previously provided to Congress all requested materials. A White house spokesman said that the agents could get them, just making a request.
Meanwhile, according to the newspaper, obtaining a search warrant suggests that investigators convinced a Federal judge that Manafort can hardly give all of the records in response to the request.
The information about the search confirmed to the Agency Bloomberg , the official representative of Manafort Jason Maloney, noting that the former head of trump’s staff have consistently cooperated with law enforcement in this case had assisted the agents.
Manafort and former adviser to trump Michael Flynn – the main players in the investigation the FBI about the connections team trump with Russia. The testimony of Manafort in the Senate concerned the meeting with the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016.
According to media reports, the meeting Veselnitskaya and son of the American President Donald trump Jr. at the Trump Tower took place because the lawyer allegedly promised to give the dirt on Hillary Clinton, assembled, perhaps, the head of the Prosecutor General of Russia Yuri Chaika. The participants deny that the transfer of compromising took place.
AP reportedthat Manafort was secretly working for Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, promoting the interests of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. Manafort stated that he advised Deripaska only on business issues.
Trump and the leaders of his administration repeatedly denied rumors of any improper contacts with Russia. The President called the campaign the biggest witch hunt in U.S. history.