USA govt wiretapped Manafort

FBI Wiretapped Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort
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20 September, 2017

It's hard to tell what Mueller has on Manafort, "but they absolutely have something because they got a search warrant", said Joseph Pelcher, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence agent who was stationed in Russian Federation and specialized in organized crime.

Sources told CNN that the Manafort wiretap included conversations that, in the eyes of investigators, raised the possibility that Manafort had encouraged Russian officials to help the Trump campaign; however, they also cautioned that the evidence of this wasn't conclusive.

After agents took documents, copied computer files, and photographed expensive suits in Manafort's closet, Mueller, who is the special counsel in charge of the Justice Department's Russian Federation probe, warned Manafort that his prosecutors were planning to indict him, two of The Times' sources said.

First, they may have come upon Trump Tower phone calls if a targeted foreign agent was on the other end of the line - this method comes from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISA court.

It does not seem that Manafort was wiretapped while he served as Trump's campaign chairman.

The subpoenaed former Manafort lawyer is Melissa Laurenza, a specialist in lobbying law, according to the Times sources.

Though Manafort was sacked months before election day, he and Trump kept in communication after Trump was elected president.

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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.

Comey oversaw the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential elections and potential collusion with the Trump campaign, until he was sacked by Trump in May. The former Trump campaign aide reportedly owes money to pro-Russian interests and has funds tied up in Cyprus, a tax haven. 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.

The intercepts were part of a wide ranging Federal Bureau of Investigation counter intelligence operation.

CNN has learned United States authorities wiretapped Paul Manafort, the spin artist for dictators who worked a tumultuous four-and-a-half month term as Donald Trump's campaign manager in 2016.

The federal investigation team looking into Russian involvement in the USA election led by Robert Mueller has been made aware of the communications, CNN reported.

"The overwheming evidence is that Trump was also under surveillance, as he claimed overlapping with the time Manafort was being monitored", Stone told The Daily Caller.

"To get the warrant, Mr. Mueller's team had to show probable cause that Mr. Manafort's home contained evidence of a crime".

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