FBI agents recently raided the residence of Paul Manafort as part of the ongoing probe into Russia’s role in the 2016 election, a spokesman for the former Trump campaign chairman confirmed on Wednesday.
"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 as well," spokesman Jason Maloni said in a statement.
The pre-dawn raid at the Virginia home, which was first reported by the Washington Post, roused Manafort, who was in town to testify in front of Congress, according to a person familiar with the situation. Agents took reams of material from the home.
Manafort’s lawyers have said he is cooperating with congressional probes and special counsel Robert Mueller, but the raid indicates that Mueller’s office may not believe it is getting full cooperation.
Mueller spokesman Joshua Stueve declined to comment when asked about the FBI raid.
The raid, according to one Washington-based defense lawyer with a client caught in the Russia probe, is a sign Mueller isn’t taking chances with someone who has appeared to be central to the investigation. It also could help Mueller turn Manafort into a potentially cooperative witness, something the former campaign manager’s representatives had previously said wasn’t happening.