Ominous Court Filing Reveals New Search Warrant Against Manafort

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A new court filing reveals Special Counsel Robert Mueller obtained a search warrant in March for phone records related to President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The issuance of the warrant could be an indication Mueller is continuing to build a case against Manafort, who was first indicted on Oct. 30 along with his former business partner Rick Gates on money laundering and fraud charges related to his consulting work for a Ukrainian politician.

The new warrant, which was issued March 9 for information associated with five AT&T phone numbers, is the seventh issued for Manafort-related records during the Mueller probe, according to the court filing.

The previous warrants, which were all issued in 2017, authorized searches of Manafort’s Alexandria, Va., residence as well as a storage locker, an email account, two additional email addresses, and a computer hard drive Manafort used. Mueller’s team also obtained a warrant to seize control of three of Manafort’s bank accounts.

Mueller provided details of the warrants in an effort to shoot down Manafort’s demand for unredacted copies of the search warrants. Manafort was provided with unredacted versions of three of the search warrants, the court filings state. The other four are partially redacted.

Mueller’s team gave Manafort’s lawyers a redacted copy of the latest search warrant on Wednesday.

The court filing does not reveal what prompted the latest warrant, though some of the document’s language refers to other ongoing investigations.

The timing of the warrant is also significant in that it was issued a week after former Manafort business partner Gates accepted a plea deal with Mueller’s team.

“That affidavit likewise contains redactions — albeit more substantial ones — relating to ongoing investigations that are not the subject of either of the current prosecutions involving Manafort,” the filing states.

The redactions in the warrants fall into two main categories: the names of confidential government sources and “information relating to ongoing investigations that is not at issue in either of Manafort’s current prosecutions,” Mueller’s team said.

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