Trump 'surprised' by Manafort raid in Russian Federation probe

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"I was very, very surprised to see it". "I was very, very surprised to see it", Trump said in remarks from Bedminster, N.J., where he is vacationing. "To wake him up, perhaps his family was there, I think that's pretty tough stuff".

Trump was referring to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who searched Paul Manafort's home in Alexandria, Virginia, in the early morning hours of July 26.

Search warrants of the sort that Mueller obtained are approved only when there is probable cause that a crime has been committed. After serving as chairman for almost three months, Manafort, a longtime Republican operative, resigned from the campaign amid reports of his ties to the Russian government.

Politico also claimed Thursday the Federal Bureau of Investigation sought out cooperation from Manafort's son-in-law Jeffrey Yohai this summer, likely in an effort to put more pressure on Manafort.

Trump did not directly condemn or support Mueller's decision to exercise a search warrant.

"But I thought that was a very - that was pretty tough stuff", Trump said.

"I've always found Paul Manafort to be a very decent man".

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On Thursday, Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said in a statement that Manafort is no longer represented by Washington law firm WilmerHale.

In this July 18, 2016 file photo, then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort walks around the convention floor before the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Manafort worked for years as a political consultant advising the pro-Russian Party of Regions and its leader, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Manafort recently filed a foreign agent disclosure report for that consulting work, which ended in 2014.

He has also incorporated other pending investigations into people close to Trump including Manafort, who has been a subject of a longstanding FBI kleptocracy investigation focused on Ukraine.

As for FBI Director Mueller, Trump said: 'I'm not dismissing anybody I want to get on with the task'.

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