FBI agents raided the home of Paul Manafort, the embattled political strategist and Trump’s former campaign manager in an abrupt and surprise raid. The raid is reported to have taken place very early before sunrise on the 26th of July.
The agents had acquired a search warrant before the raid and their intention according to sources was to seize materials from Manafort’s residence in Alexandria, Va., according to reports in The Washington Post.
The raid on Manafort is related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential election.
Paul Manafort’s spokesperson confirmed the raid had taken place and also said that Manafort was fully cooperating with the authorities.
“FBI agents executed a search warrant at one of Mr. Manafort’s residences. Mr. Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion so well,” said Paul Manafort’s spokesperson in a statement to ABC News.
It is said that FBI agents arrived at Manafort’s house unannounced and left with boxes full of documents.
According to TheHill.com, an advisor close to the White House told the Washington Post that: “ If the FBI wanted the documents, they could just ask Manafort and he would have turned them over.”
The investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential election continues.