The Senate judiciary committee still has not received a response to its letter to the Justice Department about warrants the FBI sought under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act as part of the bureau's probe into potential Trump and Russian Federation collusion, congressional sources said.
Mr Manafort's past foreign political work has been swept into the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 United States election. Manafort left the Trump campaign before the election, after reports emerged that he had worked for Russian-backed politicians in Ukraine.
Trump attacked AG Sessions & the acting FBI Director *the same day* the FBI raided Manafort's house for the Russian Federation investigation (7/26). Investigators were seeking his cooperation in the probe against Manafort, two sources told CNN.
Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Manafort, declined to comment.
Trump, responding to news of the raid, said, "I was very, very surprised to see it...."
Seva Gunitsky, a University of Toronto professor who has researched Trump's Russian business interests, said the president's financial connections to Russia run deeper than he has admitted. "Whether it's President Trump or somebody else", Napolitano said. "I did not want to make her relive this moment over and over again", Andrea Swift said. At the unveiling of Trump's new golf club in Charlotte in 2014, Dodson asked Eric where his company's financing was coming from since so many USA banks and investors were avoiding golf course projects after the Great Recession.
While following the money trail can uncover critical clues in any white-collar crime investigation, Trump recently warned that any digging into his finances would be a violation of Mueller's mandate.
"If that was the case, Paul would have switched months ago", Maloni said, pointing to the fact that Mueller was appointed to lead the FBI investigation in May.
Manafort also handed over more than 300 documents to Congress.
"This kind of raid - in the early morning hours with no advanced notice - shows an astonishing and alarming distrust for the president's former campaign chairman", Blumenthal said this week.
Manafort divulged the meeting to lawmakers following a congressional request for Russia-related information during the campaign.