John Dowd, one of President Donald Trump’s lawyers, is accusing special counsel Robert Mueller of “a gross abuse of the judicial process” after executing an FBI raid on Paul Manafort’s home.
Mueller is leading an investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
Paul Manafort served as manager to Trump’s campaign until August of 2016, when he was replaced by Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon.
The FBI entered Manafort’s home on July 26. Its search warrant included a request for tax and banking documents.
Manafort had already provided more than 300 documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and both House and Senate investigative committees. He was also due to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the same day as the raid, but the subpoena was withdrawn.
Given that documents seized during the raid included materials that he has already provided to Congress, the significance of the search is unclear. The search warrant may indicate that investigators argued to a judge that Manafort cannot be trusted to hand over all pertinent information on his own.
Fox News was able to obtain an email exchange between Dowd and a Wall Street Journal reporter, where the harsh comments by the Trump lawyer were made.
“These methods are normally found and employed in Russia not America,” the attorney said of the raid.
Dowd suggested the raid, conducted in the early morning hours, was “employed for its shock value to try to intimidate Mr. Manafort.”
He also questioned the validity of the search warrant itself, and called it an “extraordinary invasion of privacy.”
“These failures by special counsel to exhaust less intrusive methods is a fatal flaw in the warrant process and would call for a motion to suppress the fruits of the search.”
“Thus, it appears the search warrant here was obtained by a gross abuse of the judicial process by the special counsel’s office. In addition, given the obvious unlawful deficiencies, this extraordinary invasive tool was employed for its shock value to try to intimidate Mr. Manafort and bring him to his knees,” Dowd added.
The criticism comes as a notable shift from Dowd, Trump’s legal adviser and a former Marine. As recently as Tuesday, Dowd showed appreciation to Mueller for the investigation he had been running thus far.
Dowd has not commented on the emails published by Fox News.
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source: Western Journalism