After the FBI’s recent raid on the home of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, specialists predict that criminal charges could be coming soon, isolating a potentially dangerous cohort in the campaign’s alleged Russian collusion.
According to The Washington Post, FBI agents seized numerous documents during the raid, which occurred completely unannounced before dawn. Some are reporting, however, that the documents seized could put Manafort in legal jeopardy if he doesn’t snitch on the president.
In a follow-up piece to The Washington Post’s initial report, The New York Times reported that the warrant used by the FBI demanded “tax and foreign banking records,” which suggests that “investigators are looking at criminal charges related to the federal Bank Secrecy Act.”
That act requires Americans to report all of their foreign banking accounts, and Manafort, who has been accused before of funneling money in and out of the Ukraine, surely has some dirt under his fingernails.
Manafort retroactively registered himself as a foreign agent some months ago, putting him in potential violation of the FARA act and opening himself up to what could likely amount to minimal charges.
The fact that Mueller is going after his foreign finances is an entirely different story altogether.
If the raid’s seizures prove fruitful for Mueller, Manafort could find himself with his back against the wall, with his only hope of leniency being to divulge information about the Trump campaign that would help the special counsel’s inquiry.
As Trump’s former campaign manager, Manafort should have plenty of useful and damning information about Trump and his campaign, from its communication with Russian agents to its foreign contacts and finances.