According to CNN’s reports from this Monday, Trump’s ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort was wiretapped before and after the 2016 presidential election under a secret court order.
It was said in the report that the wiretapping occurred during a “period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.” This is what else the report revealed:
“A secret order authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) began after Manafort became the subject of an FBI investigation that began in 2014. It centered on work done by a group of Washington consulting firms for Ukraine’s former ruling party, the sources told CNN.
The surveillance was discontinued at some point last year for lack of evidence, according to one of the sources. The FBI then restarted the surveillance after obtaining a new FISA warrant that extended at least into early this year.
Sources say the second warrant was part of the FBI’s efforts to investigate ties between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives. Such warrants require the approval of top Justice Department and FBI officials, and the FBI must provide the court with information showing suspicion that the subject of the warrant may be acting as an agent of a foreign power.”
In addition, the New York Times reported that sources close to the investigation reveal Manafort has since been threatened with an indictment by prosecutors.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 18, 2017
Media outlet IJR provided a statement by Jamil N. Jaffer, founder of the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Scalia Law School. According to Jaffer, the development is “quite troubling”:
“If news reports are accurate, the fact that DOJ lawyers were able to obtain multiple FISA court orders on Mr. Manafort, including a physical search order, is quite troubling.
Indeed, given the stringent requirements that must be met, both at senior levels in the executive branch, as well as with the FISA court judges, to conduct such surveillance of an American in the United States, much less a senior campaign official in the course of an ongoing Presidential campaign, such an effort suggests significant cause for concern.”
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 18, 2017
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