The day after ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort met with the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss his involvement in the now infamous Donnie Jr./Russia meeting, his home was raided by the FBI.
“FBI agents executed a search warrant at one of Mr. Manafort’s residences,” he said in a statement. “Mr. Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well.”
This news comes after last week’s announcement that special counsel Robert Mueller had impaneled a grand jury, which will be based in Washington, D.C. Grand juries are often used as legal tools in cases where there is the possibility of criminal conduct, whether Mueller will be seeking charges against Trump or anyone on his team is yet unknown.
Manafort’s ties with Russia are well documented, he represented Ukraine’s Party of Regions, a pro-Kremlin political party – a fact he failed to disclose and was then obliged to retroactively register as a foreign agent. His firm was paid over $17 million for his lobbying efforts.
Before he joined the Trump campaign, Manafort was in debt to Russia for millions of dollars. The money was owed by shell companies connected to Manafort’s business activities in the Ukraine.
The President still maintains that the Russia story is just a FAKE NEWS witch hunt. On Tuesday, he tweeted that the Clintons should be the ones being investigated.
E-mails show that the AmazonWashingtonPost and the FailingNewYorkTimes were reluctant to cover the Clinton/Lynch secret meeting in plane.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 8, 2017
By now, it’s safe to assume that Robert Mueller has amassed enough evidence to prove that the relationship between Trump and Russia is no witch hunt. As the special counsel and his team analyze the evidence seized from Manafort’s home, it could only spell deep trouble for the President. As the investigation ramps up, the nation is facing a showdown with a nuclear North Korea — quite a combustible combo. I’m just hoping that the 71 year old narcissist in chief won’t press the big red button to make it all go away.