Paul Manafort Reportedly Wiretapped By Feds

Aaron Brown
September 20, 2017

The wiretapping was permitted under a secret order authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court.

President Donald Trump stated on March 4 that the Obama administration had wiretapped Trump Tower and his campaign.

CNN added that two of its three unnamed sources admitted that their "evidence is not conclusive".

New revelations have also stated that Carter Page, an early foreign policy adviser to Trump's campaign was also placed under Federal Bureau of Investigation surveillance following his trip to Moscow last July. A ledger that popped up in Ukraine past year also appeared to detail payments.

However, that surveillance ended because of a lack of evidence and the report noted that it was later restarted under the new warrant and extended into 2017.

The surveillance was discontinued at some point a year ago for lack of evidence, according to one of the sources.

The FBI also eavesdropped on Carter Page, a campaign associate that then candidate Trump once identified as a national security adviser.

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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".

That is miles away from the president ordering the surveillance of a political opponent, presumably without a warrant-an egregious abuse of power and possibly a felony. The FBI conducted a search of a storage facility belonging to Manafort. Mueller now has the info obtained from these taps, so could this be the final nail in the Trump campaign's coffin? He also attended the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower with a Kremlin-linked lawyer.

Manafort was not under surveillance during the period in which he, Donald Trump Jr., and Jared Kushner met with a Russian lawyer, possibly to discuss information that would be damaging to Hillary Clinton. "The FBI interest deepened last fall because of intercepted communications between Manafort and suspected Russian operatives, and among the Russians themselves, that reignited their interest in Manafort", CNN reports.

Mueller, appointed to lead the Justice Department's investigation, is reportedly aiming to set a tone, having rushed to secure subpoenas and gather intelligence. 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.

In addition to the CNN report, the New York Times reported on Monday that Mueller's investigators told Manafort that they planned to indict him shortly after they raided his house.

That's part of a scorched-earth strategy on Mueller's part, detailed in The New York Times Tuesday. Or if they were listening in the final days of the campaign. "It's important early on to strike terror in the hearts of people in Washington, or else you will be rolled". "It's not known what they found".

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