U.S. investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the 2016 election, CNN reported on Monday. Alva French reports.
New details emerging on the scope of the federal probe into former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
CNN reporting that the FBI wiretapped Manafort before and after the election using a secret court order obtained under the Foreign intelligence Surveillance Act or FISA.
The feds interest deepened last fall because of intercepted communications between Manafort and suspected Russian operatives, sparking concerns that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign.
It’s unclear if Trump was picked up on the surveillance.
The FBI was not eavesdropping during a June 2016 meeting when Donald Trump, Jr. , Manafort and top White House adviser Jared Kushner met with a Russian lawyer who promised negative information on Democrat rival Hillary Clinton.
The New York Times also reporting that federal agents raided Manafort’s Virginia home last July, confiscated documents and copied his computer files, searching for any proof that Manafort had set up secret offshore bank accounts.
The Times reporting that the Feds also warned Manafort that they planned to indict him.
Manafort’s attorney and the White House did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment on the stories.
Trump has denied any collusion with Russia. Moscow has also denied any interference in the U.S. election.