Federal Bureau of Investigation raided home of Trump's ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort in July

Federal Bureau of Investigation raided home of Trump's ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort in July

Federal Bureau of Investigation raided home of Trump's ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort in July

In letters to Manafort and Trump Jr., the Senate Judiciary Committee asked for all documents related to their June 2016 meeting with Russian lawyers, as well as any communications with or records of attempts to obtain information from Russians about Hillary Clinton or the 2016 presidential campaign.

According to sources close to the president, many on Team Trump blame Manafort for special counsel Robert Mueller's divergence from election interference and foray into the private finances of the president's family, and political and business associates.

The DOJ and several congressional committees are investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation. Investigators were seeking his cooperation in the probe against Manafort, two sources told CNN.

"I thought it was a very, very strong signal, or whatever", Trump said when asked about the raid, adding that he had not spoken to the attorney general or Federal Bureau of Investigation about it.

In an email sent to a Wall Street Journal reporter, Trump's lead defense lawyer, John Dowd, slammed the raid as a "gross abuse" conducted only for "shock value". Graff has worked for the Trump Organization for nearly 30 years and has become a senior vice president whom ABC described as a supposed "gatekeeper" to Trump. 'Russia had nothing to do with me winning, ' he said. Neither did the special counsel investigating the leak of a Central Intelligence Agency operative's identity in the George W. Bush administration, said William Jeffress, a Washington attorney who represented White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby in that probe.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal called the raid a "highly significant step" and said it was "typical of the most serious criminal investigations dealing with uncooperative or untrusted potential targets".

He took over an investigation run out of the Southern District of NY into whether Manafort laundered money from eastern Europe, as well as a separate probe into his belated registration under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) for his political work in Ukraine.

"I think that's pretty tough stuff", the President added.

He replied within minutes: "If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer".

Manafort did provide information and documents to those with the Russian Federation investigation, but the raid does suggest the special counsel doesn't trust him to turn over everything. Recall he was the first Speaker to be slapped with a $300,000 penalty for ethics violations and he has much in common with Trump when it comes to marital fidelity.

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