Federal investigators have their eyes on Paul Manafort’s son-in-law, Jeffrey Yohai, in regards to his his real-estate deals and ties to Russia.
Yohai and Manafort have worked together on several real-estate deals in New York which are reportedly suspected of involving funds from Russian as well as Ukrainian politicians but have yet to be accused or charged with anything.
Three sources familiar with the investigation told Politico that Yohai was approached by investigators within the last few months. One of the sources said the development made “real waves” with those close with Manafort, while another source reportedly said investigators were trying to get “into Manafort’s head.”
FBI agents served former Trump campaign chairman Manafort with a search warrant at his home in Alexandria, Virginia late last month. The raid was carried out on July 26. The raid one day after Manafort met voluntarily with staff on the Senate Intelligence Committee, who are investigating the possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
Neither Manafort nor his son in law have commented on the on-going investigations nor last months pre-dawn home raid.
The pre-dawn raid was carried out on July 26, a day after Manafort met voluntarily with staff on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is running a parallel investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Manafort, confirmed that Manafort was served a search warrant.
“FBI agents executed a search warrant at one of Mr. Manafort’s residences. Mr. Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well,” he said in a statement,
The search warrant was requested by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is on a fishing expedition to find out potential campaign collusion as well as business activities of various Trumpworld figures, including Manafort and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
This pre-dawn home raid is believed to be a show of force from Mueller, to make Manafort crack under pressure and flip against Trump.
Jonathan Turley, Law Professor at George Washington University said Friday that the no-knock FBI warrant executed on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s home was “excessive” and “very troubling.”
“I actually think people are a little bit too thrilled to see a Trump associate subject to a no-knock warrant. I’ve been a critic of no-knock warrants for years,” Turley said on MBSBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“It’s very troubling. I think it was gratuitous, I think it was excessive.”
Turley added that no-knock warrants are usually reserved for violent offenders or drug traffickers.
“It is not the norm to have a no-knock warrant in a white collar crime case. No-knock warrants were designed primarily for dangerous drug dealers,” he said.
“Federal judges have completely refused to carry out their duty to restrict this. I mean what did they think he was going to do?
Try to flush his laptop down the toilet or meet them at the door with a Glock?” Turley asked.
Mueller’s increased focus on Manafort in recent weeks is being interpreted as an attempt to get the longtime Republican operative to flip on Trump.