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FBI raids home of Trump campaign boss

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The FBI reportedly departed Paul Manafort's home with several records. Photo: AP
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FBI agents searched one of the homes of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Mr Manafort’s spokesman has confirmed.

FBI agents obtained a warrant and searched one of Mr Manafort’s homes, spokesman Jason Maloni said in a statement on Wednesday, but he would not say when the search occurred.

The Washington Post, which first reported the raid, said it occurred the morning of July 26 at Mr Manafort’s home in Virginia.

“Mr Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well,” Mr Maloni said.

Mr Manafort has been a subject of a longstanding FBI investigation into his dealings in Ukraine and work for the country’s former president, Viktor Yanukovych.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is also investigating Mr Manafort as part of his probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and any possible collusion with Trump associates.

Mr Manafort denies any wrongdoing.

He cooperated with congressional committees investigating the election interference.

Mr Manafort recently spoke with staff of the Senate Intelligence committee about a June 2016 meeting he attended with Donald Trump Jr.

That meeting was described to Trump Jr in emails as part of a Russian government effort to help the Trump campaign.

Mr Manafort has also turned over documents to the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees.

Law enforcement authorities wanting a search warrant must generally establish to a judge that there is probable cause to believe that a crime may have been committed.

Applications for such warrants tend to be detailed about the evidence that agents are looking for and the nature of the criminal activity they are investigating.

Mr Manafort led the Trump campaign for several months.