July FBI raid on the Virginia home of President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, confirmed on Aug. 9, showed that a federal investigation of possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election was intensifying.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents executed a search warrant at one of Paul Manafort's homes, his spokesman Jason Maloni said.
Donald Trump described Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election as a "total fabrication" on Aug. 3 amid reports that a special prosecutor has impaneled a grand jury to investigate the issue -- a step toward possible criminal indictments.
"We didn't win because of Russia. We won because of you," Trump said at a campaign-style rally in West Virginia.
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are swiftly moving forward with calls to set up a special counsel to investigate the 2016 election, but focus exclusively on the actions of officials in the Barack Obama administration — including Attorney General Loretta Lynch — and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
The special counsel appointed to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 presidential campaign is now examining whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice, The Washington Post reported late on June 14.
Accusations of obstruction arose last month when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.