The raid was carried out by investigators working as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and any potential ties to the Trump campaign. And a slew of recent reports indicate Mueller's team is tightening the vise on the former campaign chairman.
Kevin Downing, a former Justice Department lawyer whose law firm biography notes that his "practice concentrates on criminal and civil tax matters but also includes money laundering, white collar matters and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)", will be leading the team representing Manafort, the source explained.
"You know, they do that very seldom, so I was surprised to see it". "There never really was any to begin with, to tell you the truth".
U.S. media reported in early July that Manafort had participated in a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Veselnitskaya in June 2016. Given his shadowy business and political dealings with pro-Russia elements coupled with his proximity to Trump during the campaign, the fact that he's under investigation is unsurprising. Which had already been obvious months ago, when the administration began trying to minimize Manafort's significant role in the campaign.
The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director has reportedly subpoenaed Manafort's banking and financial records. That's what sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. A Kushner attorney declined to comment. "Not just to the judge, but to the public". It's unclear if any of the information Yohai provided has been useful for the investigation of Manafort.
But the former campaign manager's spokesman Jason Maloni said, "Paul Manafort is not a cooperating witness".
On October 20, 1973, President Richard Nixon executed the infamous "Saturday Night Massacre" in which Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox was sacked and the special prosecutor's office was shut down.
A person close to Manafort said he has no concern about Mueller's connection with WilmerHale.
Also, Jeffrey Yohai, the estranged husband of Manafort's daughter, is being investigated by FBI agents, according to the article. Whatever financial crimes Manafort may have committed and may or may not get charged with are certainly not the end goal here.
Andrew Kent, a Fordham University law professor, said the expansion of Mueller's investigation has put Trump and the special counsel on a collision course. At the unveiling of Trump's new golf club in Charlotte in 2014, Dodson asked Eric where his company's financing was coming from since so many US banks and investors were avoiding golf course projects after the Great Recession.