The Washington Post reported yesterday morning that FBI agents working for special prosecutor Robert Mueller conducted a pre-dawn raid on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's home in Alexandria, Virginia. The New York Times also reported that FBI agents were searching for foreign banking records.
According to Bloomberg, investigators working for Mueller have also subpoenaed Manafort's companies and banks that have done business with him. And, as with previous reports, these avenues of investigation appear to be aimed at turning Manafort into a witness.
Mueller’s team of investigators has sent subpoenas in recent weeks from a Washington grand jury to global banks for account information and records of transactions involving Manafort and some of his companies, as well as those of a long-time business partner, Rick Gates, according to people familiar with the matter.
The special counsel has also reached out to other business associates, including Manafort’s son-in-law and a Ukrainian oligarch, according to one of the people. Those efforts were characterized as an apparent attempt to gain information that could be used to squeeze Manafort, or force him to be more helpful to prosecutors.
I'm very curious to know what they think Manafort knows. If they believe he could be more valuable as a witness than a perp, what information do they believe he has?
Manafort has always struck me as a man who knows where the bodies are buried. Perhaps literally.