Former Trump Campaign Chairman Wiretapped

Former Trump Campaign Chairman Wiretapped

Former Trump Campaign Chairman Wiretapped

Manafort is one of several close advisers who helped President Donald Trump win the 2016 election and who are now being investigated as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of alleged Russian interference in the USA vote. The intelligence gathered on Manafort raised the alarm that he might have worked with Russians to help Trump win the 2016 presidential election, although two of the sources that informed CNN of this added that the evidence was not conclusive. Two of the network's sources cautioned that the intelligence was inconclusive. But the FBI obtained a new FISA warrant that extended at least through early 2017 as part of its investigation into possible contacts between Trump officials and Russian operatives. Manafort has been the subject of at least two Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants - in 2014, and again past year.

Manafort came under fire over his work in the Ukraine with the party of former President Viktor Yanukovych, and as a result, surveillance of Manafort reportedly commenced through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

The conversations between Manafort and Trump continued after the President took office, long after the FBI investigation into Manafort was publicly knwn, the sources told CNN.

According to CNN, the initial investigation of Manafort fizzled and surveillance was discontinued in 2016. His team is examining not just potential collusion efforts between the Kremlin and Trump campaign officials, but also financial dealings with the Russians going back years.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied Washington's claims of its alleged meddling in the 2016 United States election.

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While more than a dozen Trump associates are considered to be central players in the Russian Federation investigation, special counsel Robert Mueller has been pursuing Paul Manafort with scorched-earth tactics that seem calculated to inspire fear-or force his cooperation. But if Trump was incidentally picked up on the Manafort wiretaps, perhaps he should have been a little more judicious about his choice of advisers. CNN reports that "t$3 he Federal Bureau of Investigation interest in Manafort" dates back to when he was working on behalf of pro-Putin interests in Ukraine in 2014.

Agents reportedly showed up at Manafort's house with a search warrant, combing through his Virginia home and taking away binders of documents, computer files, and even photos of his wardrobe. In order for this warrant to be issued, both the DOJ and the FBI would have needed to prove to a federal judge that there was probable cause that Manafort was acting as an agent of a foreign power.

Wisenberg was a key figure in the investigation that led to the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has obtained information from these communications, per CNN.

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