The home of President Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was targeted in a pre-dawn FBI raid on the orders of special prosecutor Robert Mueller, despite Manafort having voluntarily given testimony to investigators just hours before.
The raid occurred at 5:00 a.m. on July 26. The search warrant was for tax documents and bank records which Manafort had already voluntarily turned over to investigators, and of which banks and the IRS maintain their own copies.
Just hours earlier, Manafort had voluntarily met with, and gave sworn testimony to, the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Business Insider reports:
Jack Sharman, a white-collar lawyer in Birmingham, Alabama and former Special Counsel to the House Banking Committee for the Whitewater investigation of President Clinton, said that a search warrant in a case like this “is designed to send a message.”
“Manafort has reportedly been cooperating with congressional investigators about documents,” added Sharman, who also recently served as Special Counsel to the Alabama House Judiciary Committee for the impeachment of Governor Robert Bentley. “One purpose of such a raid is to bring home to the target the fact that the federal prosecution team is moving forward and is not going to defer to or rely on Congress.”