Trump campaign manager, Manafort wiretapped for investigations

Wednesday, 20 Sep, 2017

CNN, citing anonymous sources, reported the same day that investigators had a secret order to wiretap Manafort both before and after the 2016 us presidential election.

There was concern that Manafort may have been encouraging the Russians to help Trump. Two of these sources, however, cautioned that the evidence is not conclusive.

Earlier reports suggesting that a court working under the auspices of the Foreign Intelligence Service Act (FISA) ordered wiretapping of Trump campaign officials seemed fully vindicated by the CNN bombshell, which reported that a FISA court authorized an order to spy on Manafort. They originally became interested in Manafort due to his consulting work on behalf of Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Russia former Ukrainian president who's been accused of corruption.

Long before joining the Trump campaign, Manfort lived part time in Trump Tower, and the two men reportedly came to know each other "in the lobby and elevators", according to the Washington Post.

According to CNN, the initial investigation of Manafort fizzled and surveillance was discontinued in 2016.

With all that in mind, it is more than a little bit interesting that one of Trump's sons appeared to express an interest in the subject of wiretap warrants Tuesday morning.

The findings of the surveillance have reportedly been passed along to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leasing a probe into alleged collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Manafort was wiretapped, and maybe Trump was, too.

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That's a far cry, however, from his claim Barack Obama had Trump Tower's "wires tapped".

To get a search warrant, according to the report, Mueller's team had to show probable cause that Manafort's Alexandria, Va., home contained evidence of a crime, and to enter the home unannounced, it had to convince a judge that Manafort may destroy evidence. CNN reports that "t$3 he Federal Bureau of Investigation interest in Manafort" dates back to when he was working on behalf of pro-Putin interests in Ukraine in 2014.

On Tuesday, CNN reporters Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown reported that the federal government did indeed snoop on Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Though much of Laurenza's work for Manafort is protected by attorney-client privilege, Mueller hopes to leverage several exceptions to the confidentiality duty to learn more about her work for the former Trump aide.

The president can complain all he wants about investigations of his associates.

The New York Times also reported on Monday that "prosecutors told Mr. Manafort they planned to indict him" after they raided his home in July.

The wiretap reportedly wasn't active when Manafort was actually Trump's campaign chair.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has obtained information from these communications, per CNN.