Manafort's assistant gave FBI access to evidence in storage locker: report

Source: The Hill | June 29, 2018 | John Bowden

An assistant to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort granted FBI investigators access to a storage locker that contained evidence Manafort is trying to suppress, according to court testimony on Friday.

FBI special agent Jeff Pfeiffer said during a federal court hearing on Friday that Manafort’s assistant, Alex Trusko, told him he had moved numerous documents to the locker at Manafort’s request after reporters tipped the FBI off to its existence, Reuters reported. Those documents are reportedly related to numerous charges against Manafort for financial crimes.

Pfeiffer, who searched the locker, revealed the disclosure in a hearing to determine whether evidence in the locker could be used in Manafort’s trial, which is set for July.

Manafort’s lawyers argued in a hearing last month that his rights against unreasonable searches and seizures were violated during the raid of his home and the storage locker. The lawyers said FBI agents who searched Manafort’s storage locker committed an illegal warrantless search, even though the assistant who unlocked the unit was listed on its lease and the FBI agent obtained a warrant to seize the records stored inside the unit. 

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