Posted by Tina
Despite the fact that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been cooperating in the Russia Probe conducted by Special Counsel Mueller a warrant was obtained in July and an early morning raid on his personal residence was conducted by the FBI:
Federal agents reportedly appeared at Manafort’s home without advance warning two weeks ago, in the predawn hours on Wednesday, July 26, the day after he met voluntarily with the staff for the Senate Intelligence Committee. The WaPo reports that the served 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.
It could also have been intended to send a message to President Trump’s former campaign chairman that he should not expect gentle treatment or legal courtesies from Mueller’s team.
Among the documents taken were materials Manafort had already provided to Congress, WaPo’s sources said. “If the FBI wanted the documents, they could just ask [Manafort] and he would have turned them over,” said one adviser close to the White House. Clearly, the intention was different.
As ABC adds, the Trump campaign sent over more than 20,000 pages of documents to the committee last Wednesday, which was the deadline to submit documents, and Manafort handed over about 400 pages, including his foreign-advocacy paperwork, on the same day, according to the spokesperson. Additionally, Trump Jr. submitted about 250 pages on Friday.
He could have avoided the trauma to his family had he only been as shrewd as Lois Lerner or, better yet, Hillary Clinton…a little BleachBit, a few (30,000) deeted emails, smashed phones, and loads of snarky vagueries:
“What, like with a cloth or something?”
“Those messages disappear all by themselves.”
“No more secrecy. No more zone of privacy. After all, what good did that do for me?”
The White House wouldn’t have been hacked “had they been using my server.”
“Maybe the heat is getting to everybody.”
Whether or not this investigation leads to criminal prosecution the double standard gets stinkier and stinkier!