"Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"
Trump has since stopped discussing wiretapping, but CNN's report could renew the Republican's interest in the topic. And it continued until early this year, after Trump was in the White House.
The surveillance was ended at some point past year because of a lack of evidence, one source told CNN, but investigators obtained another warrant at some point during the presidential campaign. In the raid of Manafort's home, agents sought evidence that he had set up offshore bank accounts, the Times reported.
Manafort has a home in Alexandria, Virginia, and in Trump Tower. And if Mr Trump spoke with Manafort, then it's entirely possible those conversations could have been recorded. Instead, buoyed by the Breitbart nonsense, they're pushing the laughable claim that this news vindicates their president.
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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?
While the exact timeline is unconfirmed, a source told CNN the Federal Bureau of Investigation was not listening in June 2016, when Manafort joined a meeting at Trump Tower organized by Donald Trump, Jr., with an intriguing ensemble of characters, including a Kremlin-connected lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton.
CNN, citing anonymous sources, reported the same day that investigators had a secret order to wiretap Manafort both before and after the 2016 US presidential election.
The report confirmed that all the information obtained from the newly discovered FISA warrant was shared with Mueller's team. It adds, however, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation restarted its surveillance after obtaining a new FISA warrant, which extended into early 2017. Mr Manafort is said to be facing an indictment. This warrant was concluded, likely prior to Manafort taking his role as campaign chairman, after investigators were unable to find any major evidence of a crime.
The findings of the surveillance have reportedly been passed along to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leasing a probe into alleged collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. Manafort "managed" the effort, using Page and others as intermediaries, Steele wrote in a memo dated sometime in late July.
While under oath, Comey disavowed knowledge of surveillance of Trump and his team.