Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, is quickly becoming the key figure at the center of the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
This become apparent when news broke that Manafort's home was raided by FBI agents in July according to The Washington Post.
A Manafort spokesman has confirmed the raid saying...
“FBI agents executed a search warrant at one of Mr. Manafort’s residences. Mr. Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well.”
The raid, which took place July 26 according to the Post, was conducted in the middle of the night in order to retrieve “documents and other materials” they believed Manafort might withhold and/or destroy.
That makes it all the more interesting that the raid was conducted one day after Manafort met with Senate Intelligence Committee investigators to discuss a meeting of a Russian lawyer and members of Trump’s campaign team that took place during the 2016 presidential election.
Was what was discussed and perhaps lied about by Manafort during that meeting the reason the FBI conducted the pre-dawn raid?
Top that off with the fact that Manafort retroactively registered as a foreign agent On June 27 due to an unmentioned $17.1 million payout his firm accrued for lobbying work done between 2012 to 2014 on behalf of a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine and you have some seriously compelling intrigue.
Manafort was forced to resign from Trump’s campaign in August of 2016 when questions were raised after reports leaked about the previously undisclosed work he had been doing for the Ukrainians when a ledger containing his name and payments of $12.7 million dollars was uncovered.