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U.S. investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the 2016 election, CNN reported on Monday.
The secret court that oversees warrant requests under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act initially authorized monitoring of Manafort but discontinued it at some point in 2016 for lack of evidence, CNN said, citing one of its sources.
According to a former U.S. official, the intercepts picked up conversations between Manafort and Russian individuals about the campaign.
In a statement, a spokesman for Manafort called on the Department of Justice to "release any intercepts involving [Manafort] and any non-Americans," claiming that there is "nothing there." "Search warrants, interviewing everybody around him and then advising him that he's about to be or will be indicted," Zeidenberg said.
Donald Trump's ex-campaign head has called for an investigation into leaks after a CNN report that he was the target of an FBI wiretapping probe.
In a statement issued on Tuesday the former campaign manager for US President Donald Trump demanded an immediate probe into why he was reportedly wiretapped by federal authorities during a national security probe by the FBI, adding that he believed the surveillance was likely politically motivated.
Citing people familiar with the discussions, the Post said that Manafort penned an email through an intermediary, offering briefings to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, an industrial metals magnate with ties to the Kremlin.
One email noted by the Post seems explicitly to show Manafort's desire to use his position with the Trump campaign to profit. In April, soon after he was named strategist for the campaign, Manafort apparently pointed to the positive press he was getting and wrote, "How do we use to get whole?"
Late-night hosts on Thursday addressed Robert Mueller’s escalating probe into Trump campaign ties to Russia and the GOP’s proposed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“I get why Manafort is drawing this much heat, because everything he’s done until now has been shady,” Noah said, with regard to the most recent reports that Manafort offered briefings to a Putin-affiliated Russian oligarch.
When Paul Manafort, the former Washington super-lobbyist, bought an apartment in Trump Tower in Manhattan for $3.7m in 2006, there was no reason at the time to read the hand of destiny in it.
The presence of Mueller, a former FBI director, and his mission to investigate alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives, represent a twist neither Trump nor Manafort could have foreseen.