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Manafort Argues Against Mueller's Reasons to Search Storage Unit

FBI agents overstepped their legal authority in searching the northern Virginia storage unit belonging to Paul Manafort’s company, the former campaign chairman for Donald Trump said in a court filing Monday.

The agents improperly conducted a search in 2017 when they convinced a Manafort employee to unlock the unit, Manafort’s lawyers argued in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. Manafort is charged there with bank and tax fraud. He faces a separate indictment in Washington by investigators led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller charging him with money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent of Ukraine.

Manafort previously filed court papers to exclude evidence seized in the search. The request is also pending in the Washington case, and a judge will hold a hearing Wednesday.

Manafort Says FBI Illegally Searched Storage Unit for Evidence

Manafort has denied the allegations.

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