Manafort was under surveillance by Federal Bureau of Investigation before and after election
- Author: Jon Douglas Sep 20, 2017,
Sep 20, 2017, 0:28
The CNN report suggests that USA investigators obtained the FISA warrant after the now-infamous June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Manafort, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and a group of Russian lobbyists. Manafort was surveilled under a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant, which must be backed with information showing suspicion that the subject could be acting as an agent of a foreign power. The network states a secret order was given by a court that handles Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests after the FBI began investigating Manafort in 2014. 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.
FOX News, on the other hand, says the wiretaps-which were approved by a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court-were granted because the Federal Bureau of Investigation had embraced parts of the now-infamous Fusion GPS "dodgy dossier". Despite Manafort resigning as Trump's campaign manager in August 2016 due to reports about his connections to the Vladimir Putin regime, the two men remained in touch even after Trump was elected president. According to that report, "Manafort is under investigation for possible violations of tax laws, money-laundering prohibitions and requirements to disclose foreign lobbying".
Another day, another uncomfortably shady revelation about Donald Trump's presidential campaign and possible connections to Russian Federation.
Later that month, then-FBI Director James Comey disputed Trump's claims to the House intelligence committee.
In the dossier, Steele cites a source who claimed that Manafort and Page were part of "a well-developed conspiracy of co-operation" between the Trump campaign and Russian leadership to help Trump win the presidency.
This means that there is nearly certainly multiple incidental collections of phone conversation or even personal conversation between Trump and Manafort.
Special counsel Robert Mueller was made aware of surveillance when he took over the investigation and was provided details of the evidence collected, according to CNN. Under warrant, the federal agents reportedly picked a lock and barged into Manafort's house as he was in bed.
Trump tweeted, "Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory".
"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 reported.
CBS News confirmed the report, adding that Manafort, now a key player in the Russian meddling probe, was not continuously under surveillance. A spokesperson for Manafort did not comment.
Sen. Liz Warren was right there to shout down the president, saying, "I just think it's becoming clearer every day that President Trump is failing and he knows it, and that's what these wild allegations are about".