A judge has denied a request from Paul Manafort to throw out evidence collected from a storage unit.
Paul Manafort says evidence from a storage unit was improperly seized because authorities did not ask him permission to open the unit, and did not have a warrant to search. The judge however disagreed, stating they didn't need a warrant because voluntary consent was given.
As reported by reuters.com
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday declined a request by President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort to suppress evidence seized by investigators for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office from a storage unit.
Manafort, who is currently jailed in Virginia, had argued the evidence was seized improperly after an FBI agent got one of his employees to open the storage unit, rather than asking Manafort for permission or seeking a warrant.
But Judge Amy Berman Jackson for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected that argument, saying “law enforcement agents do not need a warrant to enter a location if they have voluntary consent.”
Whatever was in that storage unit must have been bad for Manafort, otherwise why even bother at this point? Manafort is facing two separate indictments already, in Washington and Virginia, based on potential crimes that were uncovered during Mueller's investigation into Russian collusion an Donald Trump. None of the charges against Manafort have anything to do with collusion.
Do you think Manafort is guilty? If he goes to prison, should Trump use his power to get him out? Let us know in the comments.