Pre-Dawn Raid of Paul Manafort’s House Just More Media Hysteria
Paul Manafort’s house was raided by the FBI two weeks ago and the media is only reporting about it now to make it seem like a bigger deal than it was.
To be sure, it was a pre-dawn raid of Trump’s former campaign advisor, but it’s not a “new” development, as the Post suggested in its Wednesday headline, neither did any of the documents collected by agents reflect any kind of new development. It must have been a slow couple of days at the news centers and so they decided to come up with a “bombshell” story to run about Trump and Russia—gotta feed their crazy leftist fan base some kind of nonsense after all.
The Washington Post first reported the story about federal agents appearing at Paul Manafort’s home “without advance warning” in the predawn hours of July 26, the day after he met voluntarily with the staff for the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Yes indeed this “major event” in the Russia probe, happened two weeks ago and here the Post is just now reporting on it! Well, maybe they just didn’t get the hot tip, or perhaps it was so secretive that no one decided to let the press know it happened until this week. I’m going to go with they needed a story for this week, since they haven’t had a real juicy Russia story in a while.
Enough kidding aside, what major things were uncovered in the “documents?” Obviously since the house was “raided” there must have been good reason; something there that Manafort was trying to withhold from Mueller’s investigation.
Their search warrant was wide-ranging and FBI agents working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III departed the home with various records. The raid came as Manafort has been voluntarily producing documents to congressional committees investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. The search warrant indicates investigators may have argued to a federal judge they had reason to believe Manafort could not be trusted to turn over all records in response to a grand jury subpoena.
Nothing new whatsoever was gathered, as the Post itself records:
The documents included materials Manafort had already provided to Congress, said people familiar with the search.
As Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Manafort told the Post:
Mr. Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well.
Whatever Mueller’s reason for the “raid,” it certainly had nothing to do with Manafort’s lack of cooperation, and certainly isn’t therefore a big story. Maybe there is another reason the Post decided to “run” with the story today, but I’m going with slow “Russia” news cycle.
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