A personal assistant to Paul Manafort granted the FBI access to a storage cabinet so that the government could secure evidence that President Donald Trump's former campaign manager is trying to suppress, the court said Friday in Virginia
FBI Special Agent Jeff Pfeiffer made the disclosure at a hearing to check if evidence from the locker and a separate search of Manafort's apartment, both in Washington, DC, suburb of Alexandria, could be used as a manafort July Lawsuit
Manafort's lawyers have attempted to discredit the searches as part of a wider effort to investigate investigations against Special Envoy Robert Mueller, which investigates whether Trump's campaign with Russia has influenced the election. Manafort, who is now in jail, was charged mainly with financial crimes that were unrelated to the campaign.
Pfeiffer said that the FBI first heard about the camp lockdown from April 201
Associated Press director of media relations, Lauren Easton, confirmed that the agency's journalists met with Ministry of Justice officials to obtain information about reports reporters were doing. "She said that they asked the officials for a locker, but never identified their whereabouts." [PfeiffersaidthatManafort'spersonalassistantAlexTruskohadsignedpapersleasingthestorageunitsothathewouldleavetheFBIonthe26thPfeiffersaidtheFBIhadnotinvestigatedthecontentsoftheboxesinthelockeruntilMay272017
Manafort's lawyers have argued that Trusko was not authorized to open the locker for the FBI because Manafort effectively controlled the unit.
The hearing on Friday took place three days after Judge TS Ellis declined Manafort's request to dismiss the case directly in the US District of the eastern district of Virginia rejected Manafort's argument that Mueller's power was lacking to persecute him.
Trump denies any agreement with Russian Egg mix, and the president has repeatedly called the rehearsal a politically motivated witch hunt.
Ellis Postponed Friday's Hearing Without Ruling He suggested that he reject a proposal by Manafort's lawyers to hold a hearing to investigate allegations of leaks to the grand jury that Manafort had indicted.
Kevin Downing, one of Manafort's lawyers, said he did not believe his client could get a fair trial because the media "saturated" the public with lies and biased accounts of Manafort's alleged misconduct. He said the situation could cause Manafort's team to apply for a venue change.
"I will not hear a hearing on the leaks," Ellis said in a fancier exchange with Downing, urging him to speak briefly. Show why one was justified. Prove it. Show it. "
The case before Ellis is one of two involving Manafort who has pleaded, among other things, to conspire money laundering, banking and tax fraud registration as a foreign agent for a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party
The Virginia case is scheduled to begin in July while the other case will begin in Washington in September.
Manafort was imprisoned earlier this month after Mueller filed a fresh case against him for alleged witness falsification while under house arrest his right to attend the hearing on Friday and did not appear.