According to a CNN report late Monday, Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was secretly wiretapped by Obama’s FBI both before and after the 2016 presidential election. CNN’s report says that the special counsel, Robert Mueller and his investigative team have received all the details of these wiretaps and many of the wiretaps may have been of conversations with President Trump, then candidate Trump.
I guess President Trump was right when he said Obama had him wiretapped, he just didn’t specify “why” Obama had his phones tapped.
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
The CNN report also said said the wiretaps continued until early this year. Paul Manafort’s home was raided by the FBI earlier this summer and that Mueller’s investigators told Manafort that they planned on indicting him for financial crimes.
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.
It is unclear when the new warrant started. The FBI interest deepened last fall because of intercepted communications between Manafort and suspected Russian operatives, and among the Russians themselves, that reignited their interest in Manafort, the sources told CNN. As part of the FISA warrant, CNN has learned that earlier this year, the FBI conducted a search of a storage facility belonging to Manafort. It’s not known what they found.