A new layer was added to the Russia investigation story Wednesday morning thanks to the news that the home of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was raided by FBI agents on July 26. He had met with Senate Intelligence Committee staffers about the Russian election interference investigation the day prior.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that before dawn on July 26, the raid took place without any advance warning. While Manafort had been voluntarily providing documents to staffers of the Senate Intel Committee, it would appear that committee members were not convinced he was cooperating to the best of his abilities.
Sources “familiar with the search" told the Post that many of the documents overlapped with what Manafort had turned over. "If the FBI wanted the documents, they could just ask [Manafort] and he would have turned them over,” said one source.
Manafort's attorney, Reginald Brown, declined to comment, while his spokesman, Jason Maloni, issued this statement: “Mr. Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well.”