Former Trump Campaign Chief Was Subject to Secret Wiretap

Manafort was under surveillance by FBI before and after election: report

18 that the surveillance continued into the early part of 2017, when Manafort had long since left the Trump team but was still in communications with the President. 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.

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

The reports have also claimed that Manafort and Trump continued to have conversations even after Manafort was out of the campaign and that the conversations continued even after Donald Trump took oath as the President of the country.

During the campaign Trump associates, including Manafort, were dogged by questions of suspected ties to Russian Federation.

An unnamed USA official familiar with the intelligence later confirmed to CBS News that the federal government wiretapped Manafort.

But if the first warrant was based on his dealings with sketchy oligarchs, the second one is reportedly the more damning.

Besides questions about the accuracy of Trump's tweet, the CNN report raises new questions about why and when the Federal Bureau of Investigation began targeting Manafort, who joined the Trump campaign in May and was sacked in August. CNN reported in February that Manafort "regularly" communicated with Russian individuals during his time on the Trump campaign, but Manafort denied speaking with any officials or operatives from the Russian government itself.

And, "How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process".

The flurry of reports go to the biggest question of all: Was Manafort engaging or assisting a foreign country (Ukraine and/or Russia) in clandestine activities, and if so, what did Trump know and when did he know it?

Which, however, doesn't mean he wasn't picked up by the surveillance on Manafort.

The report quoted the two prosecutors working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller as saying that they plan to indict Manafort after the raid. Their communications only ceased at the urging of both their lawyers.

But this isn't even the worst news for Manafort that came out today.

Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was wiretapped by US investigators prior to and following the 2016 presidential election, sources claim.

CNN said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was not listening in June 2016 when the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., Manafort, and top White House adviser Jared Kushner, who is also the president's son-in-law, met with a Russian lawyer who had promised to deliver negative information on Trump's rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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