Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was wiretapped by U.S. government investigators both before and after the 2016 presidential election, according to a report out Monday night.
The wiretapping was authorized by a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court after the FBI started to investigate Manafort, 68, in 2014.
He’s been under scrutiny over his financial dealings and lobbying efforts with pro-Russia and Ukrainian officials but has denied colluding with Russia to influence the election.
The order to monitor Manafort was discontinued in 2016, but investigators obtained another FISA warrant that stretched into early 2017, according to the report.
Manafort – who is a key figure in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s involvement with the election – had his Virginia home raided in July by FBI agents who were looking for financial documents related to the election.
The FBI took documents and other materials related to Mueller’s investigation during the raid, just one day after Manafort had voluntarily met with members of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Warrants of this nature are difficult to come by, as the FISA court and its orders are highly secretive. Judges grant permission to surveil people they think may be working as an agent of a foreign power.
If the CNN report is confirmed, Manafort would be the second person affiliated with the Trump campaign known to be monitored under a FISA warrant, behind former campaign adviser Carter Page.
Note that the information the obama administration got from the FBI illegal wire tap of Trump and his campaign was used against him in his campaign but the hilda beast still lost the election.
The FBI will not and has not given Sen Grassley the information he requested on Mar 28, 2017.
The FBI is refusing to turn over the FBI wire tap information on Trump campaign.
I suspect it will lead directly to obama and clinton.
In fact the FBI is obstructing the law and is part of the “enemy within”.
President trump is dealing with obama operatives in the FBI and the entire US government.
Trump was right! He was wiretapped during his campagin.