FBI Raid Proves Manafort Tied To Criminal Activity — Blumenthal


Graff was also mentioned in an email chain regarding the Trump Jr. meeting with the Russian lawyer.

On the surface, not a whole lot.

When asked on Thursday for his reaction to the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Manafort's home, President Trump told reporters "I thought it was a very, very strong signal, or whatever".

The switch comes just as Robert Mueller, the special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation, has started to peek into Manafort's financial dealings and investments, and after an FBI raid at one of Manfort's homes.

According to financial records, Mr Manafort had bank accounts in Cyprus - a tax haven often used for money laundering. White-collar crime typically is nonviolent and done for financial gain.

The immediate priority in the event Mueller is fired will be to protect today's version of the special prosecutor's office, that of the special counsel. The probe could give Mueller leverage on Manafort and make him a more cooperative witness in the overall investigation into the Trump campaign. "So he is switching to Miller & Chevalier, which is a more specialised firm".

"Just hearing the president's investments are being looked at is not enough", Zeno said. 'I know Mr. Manafort.

This is a serious development for sure, and we'll likely learn what if anything of interest was recovered during the raid as Robert Mueller's investigation concludes.

Committee officials also told CNN that Grassley, the chairman of the committee, and Feinstein, the top Democrat on the panel, were able to review the memos that Comey wrote after his interactions with Trump, including his allegations that Trump urged him to back away from investigating Flynn and sought loyalty from the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

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 spokesman for Mueller did not respond to a request for comment.

"'We have all the funding we need out of Russia, '" Dodson says Eric told him.

Putin said last month that the US would have to cut 755 of its embassy and consular staff in Russia - a response to President Barack Obama's order to expel 35 Russian diplomats and shut down two Russian recreational retreats in the U.S. The aggressive reaction from Trump's lawyer demonstrates their concern.

The documents "would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father", read the email, written by a trusted intermediary, who added, "This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump". "We see a lot of money pouring in from Russian Federation".

As for the president's relationship with Mr. Sessions, whom he described last month as "beleaguered", Mr. Trump was brief.

In June, one of Mr. Trump's longtime friends, Christopher Ruddy, said in a television interview that Mr. Trump was considering firing Mr. Mueller.

Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn raised the idea that Manafort should start looking to save himself from legal jeopardy rather than protecting the president and his family. There's no real reason for them to go back.

The president's refusal to release his tax returns makes it hard to know the exact extent of his Russian financial interests, Gunitsky said. Investigators have been interviewing people associated with Flynn. 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 USA banks and investors were avoiding golf course projects after the Great Recession. "I want them to get on with the task".