December 16 2017

Paul Manafort was wiretapped as part of the Russian Federation probe

December 16 2017, 03:07 | Frederick Owens

FBI Wiretapped Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort

Manafort was under surveillance by FBI before and after election: report

A report claims that the United States government wiretapped the phone of former Donald Trump campaign chairman under secret court orders before and after the 2016 presidential election.

A new report claims the Federal Bureau of Investigation wiretapped former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort before and after the election.

Manafort had conversations with Trump, but it is unclear whether the wiretap picked up Trump, CNN reported. In August 2016, CNN reported that Manafort's firm was under FBI investigation due to its consulting work for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.

According to a report by CNN, US intelligence services wiretapped Paul Manafort, former campaign manager to President Donald Trump, since 2014, and raided a storage facility owned by him.

Two of those sources say the evidence is not conclusive. Mueller has obtained "a flurry of subpoenas" to compel witness testimony, and has even subpoenaed a former lawyer for Manafort.

Comey oversaw the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential elections and potential collusion with the Trump campaign, until he was sacked by Trump in May.

On March 4, Trump made the explosive claim that the Obama administration tapped phones in Trump Tower before his election victory in an early-morning tweet.

The raid was followed up with a warning to Manafort from Mueller's prosecutors that they planned to indict him.

Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters at the Republican National Convention a year ago in Cleveland.

In order to get the type of warrants that allowed federal investigators to search Manafort's home and monitor his communications, Robert Mueller needed probable cause that a crime was committed - and he apparently had it.

Roger Stone, a former business partner of Manafort's and informal adviser of Trump's, said the new revelations support Trump's claim.

There are several ongoing Russian Federation investigations in Congress as lawmakers try themselves to determine whether anything illegal occurred regarding the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Monday's reports, however, did not state Trump or his NY home had been wiretapped. CNN notes that Trump and Manafort continued to communicate for months after Manafort left the campaign, even after the FBI investigation into the former campaign manager became public knowledge.

Or Trump Tower digital chatter might have shown up while authorities dug through the vast quantities of data hoovered up via more sweeping foreign surveillance programs.

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