Mueller's Team Told Manafort to Expect an Indictment

Manafort was surveilled under a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant, which must be backed with information showing suspicion that the subject could be acting as an agent of a foreign power.

Two of those sources say the evidence is not conclusive.

According to a source, the said wiretapping was authorised by a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) after the FBI commenced investigating Manafort, in 2014. That warrant eventually expired and nothing of note, or at least worthy of criminal charges, came up at the time so the surveillance was dropped. Trump tweeted that entirely without evidence, and this news still does not provide any: the FBI tapped Manafort's phones after securing a warrant as part of a formal investigation by the Justice Department.

Manafort caught the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, unrelated to Trump, for his work in Ukraine with the party of Kremlin-backed former President Viktor Yanukovych, who came to power in 2010, but was ousted by nationwide demonstrations in 2014.

Manafort has been under scrutiny since 2014, CNN reported, because of his foreign lobbying work.

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Of course, at the time the reports covering the American Oversight claims were published, news outlets had already widely reported that the NSA had spied on members of the Trump team, and Obama administration officials had admitted to seeing transcripts of conversations of the Trump team that were obtained through spying.

Now, the information from those wiretaps has been turned over to Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor investing the Trump campaign's, or investigating, excuse me, the Trump campaign's collusion, potential collusion with Russian Federation. In August 2016, CNN reported that Manafort's firm was under FBI investigation due to its consulting work for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.

But news that Manafort was wiretapped does not in fact vindicate Trump's claim.

Agents had picked the lock to his Virginia home as Mr Manafort lay in bed, and were looking for evidence that he had set up off-shore bank accounts, the newspaper reported. Special prosecutor Robert Mueller was looking for evidence that Manafort colluded with Russian Federation to swing the 2016 election in favor of President Donald Trump, and his team of prosecutors were trying to intimidate their marked man.

Last fall, Federal Bureau of Investigation interest in the case and in Manafort increased after the discovery of communications between Manafort and suspected Russian operatives and between Russians themselves, according to CNN. Given his top position in the Trump campaign for months, Manafort could be the key to Mr Mueller's investigations. Several sources close to the president, including veterans of the campaign, told The Daily Caller early in September that they expect Manafort will be indicted for financial crimes like money-laundering or tax evasion.

  • Sonia Alvarado