A breaking report from CNN has found evidence that Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was secretly wiretapped both by the FBI both before, during, and after the 2016 election.
Sources told CNN that a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant was issued in secret during a 2014 investigation into work several US-based consulting firms did for the Ukrainian government. That first FISA warrant expired in early 2016 due to lack of evidence.
That’s when it gets weird.
The FBI started to monitor Manafort AGAIN in 2016, which, according to CNN’s sources, was to investigate ties between Russia and the Trump team. That kind of monitoring would require both evidence from the FBI that such an investigation is warranted, and approval from a top Justice Department official.
Apparently, the FBI intercepted a communication between Manafort and Russians that piqued the FBI’s suspicions, which caused the second FISA warrant.
Manafort, for his part, has previously denied communicating with Russians operatives on purpose.
The FISA-issuing court operates in secret and little is known about those proceedings, so we don’t yet know about the mandate of the surveillance- whether Trump was ever wiretapped, for example. The FBI and Justice Department have denied that Trump was personally wiretapped, but after assuming the presidency, Trump fueled the possibility with a now-famous tweet:
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Manafort has a home in Trump Tower. He also has a home in Alexandria, which the FBI raided in July.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is aware of the wiretapping and is including it in his investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, according to CNN.
This plot is getting thicker and thicker. Something was definitely going on, and while there has been a lot of speculation, more and more evidence is finally coming out. Stay tuned, folks, because Liberty Writers will be covering this one very closely.