The Washington Post reported earlier this week that FBI agents had raided Paul Manafort’s home in an effort to obtain documents. Documents worthy of a raid would probably land someone in jail if they don’t cooperate with authorities and offer them something in return for sparing them a prison sentence.
The New York Times then followed up reporting that the warrant “demanding tax and foreign banking records, suggests that investigators are looking at criminal charges related to the federal Bank Secrecy Act, which requires Americans to report their foreign banking accounts.”
Mueller is deep on the financial trial of the Russian-Trump scandal and it likely won’t end well for Trump and his associates. Palmer Report Explains:
While Manafort essentially admitted his guilt when he retroactively registered as a paid foreign agent, it’s never been clear how much legal leverage this particular crime gives Robert Mueller. Rarely is anyone prosecuted for violating the FARA act, as it’s essentially just a failure to file paperwork. But now that we know Mueller is pursuing Manafort for the Bank Secrecy Act, that’s a whole different ballgame. Violating that law points to all kinds of underlying financial crimes – and so this raid points to Mueller bringing serious criminal charges against Manafort.
If Paul Manafort is indeed guilty of these kinds of financial crimes, he’ll be facing major prison time. His only option to leniency, by design in these kinds of multi-layer kingpin investigations, will be to testify against Donald Trump. Manafort may have first hand information in everything from Trump’s election rigging to Trump’s own financial crimes.
Your move Manafort and I’m sure Trump is watching very closely.