But wait…CNN Said Trump’s claim that his campaign was wiretapped was a lie. Now they are saying it’s true. CNN is reporting that Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was wiretapped via a secret court order before the election as an outgrowth of Manafort’s relationship with Viktor Yanukovych, and Manafort’s failure to register as a foreign agent. The wiretap continued after the election–then wiretap’s purpose was to gather information into the Russian interference with 2016 election.
Three sources told CNN the investigators were concerned Manafort had “encouraged Russians to help with the campaign.” The taps were authorized by a FISA court, per CNN, a step that requires high-level approval and significant documentation.Fox is adding the FBI may have used the discredited Trump dossier to get the warrant to tap Manafort. The investigation into Manafort began in 2014, over consulting work he did in Ukraine. He is now a central focus of Robert Mueller’s investigation. He has denied any wrongdoing.
As reported on this site back in April, the FBI used that bogus dossier as part of the evidence to convince a FISA Judge to issue a warrant allowing them to spy on Team Trump. While the dossier wasn’t necessarily the driving force behind a judge’s decision to grant a warrant to the FBI to spy on Trump’s campaign, it was apparently part of the intelligence community’s case against Trump that would have been considered by the FISA judge.
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.