Former Trump Campaign Chairman Wiretapped

Wednesday, 20 Sep, 2017

Some of the intelligence data obtained triggered suspicions that Manafort urged Russian Federation to help Trump's election campaign, CNN said in a report, referring to its three sources, with two of them saying that the data are yet to be confirmed. We have also learned that not one but two secret orders were authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which permitted authorities to place Manafort under surveillance. That warrant eventually expired and nothing of note, or at least worthy of criminal charges, came up at the time so the surveillance was dropped.

Henry reported that the warrant was obtained "after the Federal Bureau of Investigation embraced some of the details of that Russian dossier of then-President-Election Trump that has since been discredited". The investigation is also considering whether Manafort was involved in money laundering, violating tax laws, or improperly lobbying, it said.

Another day, another uncomfortably shady revelation about Donald Trump's presidential campaign and possible connections to Russian Federation.

He added that he had nothing to do with reports alleging that Russian intelligence hacked the emails of "prominent Democratic groups and figures", and denied involvement with those Russian officials who were said to be involved.

Mueller was appointed special counsel by the Department of Justice in the Russian Federation investigation in May after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

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In other words, Trump Tower's "wires" were not the target; Paul Manafort was.

The New York Times reports on its front page Tuesday morning that, after agents raided his home with a no-knock search warrant this summer, Mueller's prosecutors told Manafort that they planned to indict him. Under warrant, the federal agents reportedly picked a lock and barged into Manafort's house as he was in bed. CNN reports that records collected, which have been turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller, could include conversations with President Trump: The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump. A spokesperson for Manafort did not comment.

Manafort was originally investigated for his alleged shady dealings with former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, who was at the head of a pro-Russian party which was driven out in 2014 by civil unrest and street protests.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has obtained information from these communications, per CNN. As CNN reporter Marshall Cohen pointed out, the wiretap in question pertained to Paul Manafort the person, not Trump Tower, where Manafort reportedly bought a condo with cash in 2006.