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Manafort’s lawyers want evidence FBI house raid evidence tossed

Evidence collected during the predawn raid on Paul Manafort’s Virginia home should be tossed, his lawyers argued in court papers Friday.

President Trump’s former campaign manager, facing a 12-count indictment and currently under house arrest, and his legal team are beginning their defense against the federal charges he’s facing.

Attorneys for Manafort said they are readying pretrial motions, “concerning the legal basis for andsufficiency of the charges, the suppression of evidence improperly obtained by search warrant, subpoena or otherwise.”

The surprise FBI search of Manafort’s home yielded important evidence that was crucial to the charges against the GOP strategist, according to court documents unsealed by special counsel Robert Mueller.

On Thursday, Manafort appeared in court wearing an ankle monitor as his lawyers called for him to be freed from home confinement.

On Thursday, Manafort appeared in court wearing an ankle monitor as his lawyers called for him to be freed from home confinement.

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On Thursday, Manafort appeared in court wearing an ankle monitor as his lawyers called for him to be freed from home confinement.

They also attacked the strength of the evidence against him, saying in court documents that the case brought by special counsel Robert Mueller is “embellished.”

They added that Manafort — who had three U.S. passports and recently registered a cellphone under a false name — poses no flight risk and couldn’t even go into hiding because “he is one of the most recognizable people on the planet today.”

Evidence collected during the predawn raid on Paul Manafort’s Virginia home should be tossed, his lawyers argued in court papers Friday.

Evidence collected during the predawn raid on Paul Manafort’s Virginia home should be tossed, his lawyers argued in court papers Friday.

(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The 68-year-old and his longtime business associate Rick Gates are facing charges that include money laundering and other financial crimes related to their political consulting work for Ukraine’s Kremlin-friendly former ruling party.

They both pleaded not guilty and were placed on house arrest earlier this week after being released on multimillion-dollar bonds.

Prosecutors, meanwhile, filed paperwork on Friday telling the judge they will need only three weeks to present their evidence.

The trial is expected to begin in April.

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