Obama Administration May Have Wiretapped Trump Tower, Reveals New Report

Obama Administration May Have Wiretapped Trump Tower, Reveals New Report

Obama Administration May Have Wiretapped Trump Tower, Reveals New Report

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was wiretapped under a foreign intelligence warrant in connection with USA concerns that he was communicating with Russian operatives who wanted to influence the American election, a former US official familiar with the intelligence confirms to CBS News' Andres Triay.

So the real story here is not the "vindication" of Trump but that the then-Presidential candidate hired someone whose actions were deemed suspicious enough by top Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials that they concluded he could be an agent of a foreign power.

After agents took documents, copied computer files, and photographed expensive suits in Manafort's closet, Mueller, who is the special counsel in charge of the Justice Department's Russian Federation probe, warned Manafort that his prosecutors were planning to indict him, two of The Times' sources said.

The second warrant was part of an attempt to investigate ties between Trump associates and suspected Russian operatives, CNN reported, citing sources. The FBI surveillance was authorized by a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant, a top-secret process that oversees national security cases.

According to CNN, the initial investigation of Manafort fizzled and surveillance was discontinued in 2016.

Another day, another uncomfortably shady revelation about Donald Trump's presidential campaign and possible connections to Russian Federation.

"It is unusual for a prosecutor to seek a search warrant against someone who, like Mr. Manafort, had already put his lawyer in contact with the Justice Department", the Times reports.

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More details are emerging about the aggressive nature of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian hacking and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

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?

Manafort was in bed early one morning in July when federal agents bearing a search warrant picked the lock on his front door and raided his Virginia home.

After allegations of wiretapping, and strong denials, a new report states former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was being wiretapped by government officials, and now he faces indictment. Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. According to CNN, investigators continued monitoring Manafort's communications into 2017. And it continued until early this year, after Trump was in the White House.

CNN said interest in Manafort deepened because of intercepted communications between him and Russian operatives, and among the Russians.

The report notes that it's unusual to indict someone before they have testified, but suggested it may be part of an effort to "bludgeon" Trump staffers into cooperating with the "Russia Narrative" investigation.

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