BOMBSHELL: Feds Wiretapped Trump Staffer Before And After The Election

by Garry Watts September 20, 2017, 0:30
BOMBSHELL: Feds Wiretapped Trump Staffer Before And After The Election

Top photo | In this March 16, 2016, photo, Trump Tower is shown in NY.

"Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"

However, it is clear from CNN's report that the warrant targeted the Trump "campaign". Nine months later, NBC News reported that Manfort himself was a focus of the FBI's probe into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election, an investigation that's since been taken over by former FBI Director Robert Mueller. According to sources, the new warrant was issued in an effort by the FBI to investigate ties between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives.

Conservative media has had a field day lampooning Cillizza in particular in light of the new Manafort report, and their criticisms are not unwarranted. The former Trump campaign aide reportedly owes money to pro-Russian interests and has funds tied up in Cyprus, a tax haven.

To get a search warrant, according to the report, Mueller's team had to show probable cause that Manafort's Alexandria, Va., home contained evidence of a crime, and to enter the home unannounced, it had to convince a judge that Manafort may destroy evidence. "Who were using the. intelligence activities to surveil members of the Trump campaign, and to put that information out in the public". But again, that is very far removed from the president's claim-yet his allies have already begun spinning it.

We do not know if the government's surveillance of Manafort included Trump Tower. FOIA requests are very literal, and their wording requested information that would have likely implied Obama personally wiretapped the Trump Tower, which is, of course, almost unthinkable.

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Manafort became chairman of the Trump campaign in May 2016 and left his position in August 2016. The investigation is examining Manafort's business dealings with pro-Russia leaders in Ukraine as well as whether he or the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation in swaying the results of the 2016 election, the New York Times has reported. The FBI, however, obtained a new FISA warrant later that year that ran at least into early 2017.

Did Manafort inform Trump after the fact of any involvement with Russian officials?

It has been reported that investigators cited the 35-page dossier in an application for a FISA warrant against Carter Page, an energy consultant who served as a volunteer on Trump's campaign foreign policy team.

New details about a July FBI raid at Paul Manafort's home in Virginia shine a new light on the tactics Robert Mueller is using in his investigation of the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

Manafort has faced the most intense scrutiney to date.

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