CNN: FBI Wiretapped Trump Campaign Chairman Manafort Before and After Election

By Susan Jones | September 19, 2017 | 5:43 AM EDT

CNN reported on Monday that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was wiretapped by the FBI both before and after the election, including the time when he was known to be speaking to Trump. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

(CNSNews.com) - In early March, President Donald Trump drew widespread disgust from liberals when he complained via Twitter that he'd just found out that President Barack Obama "had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower before the victory."

In a subsequent tweet on that same day, March 4, Trump asked: "Is it legal for a sitting President to be 'wire tapping' a race for president prior to an election?"

In other tweets, Trump indicated that Obama had been tapping his phones, although he never explained how he knew or exactly what he meant.

On Monday, in an exclusive report quoting unnamed sources, CNN said U.S. government investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort both before and after the election. Manafort had an apartment in Trump Tower.

According to CNN: "The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump."

CNN said the wiretapping was authorized by a FISA court after Manafort became the subject of an FBI investigation that began in 2014.

The FBI apparently was investigating whether Manafort encouraged the Russians to help with the Trump campaign, but "the surveillance was discontinued at some point last year for lack of evidence," according to one of CNN's sources.

The FBI then restarted the surveillance after obtaining a new FISA warrant that extended at least into early this year, CNN said. The report said it's not clear if Trump's voice was picked up on the Manafort wiretaps.

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