Using the authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the FBI wiretapped Manafort in 2014 as part of an investigation of a group of Washington consulting firms.
How serious is the situation?
If the reports are accurate, Manafort’s shady Russian connections were way too close to President Donald Trump. While Manafort left the campaign in August 2016, he and Trump have stayed in communication. It’s unclear if the FBI swept up any of their calls while surveilling Manafort.
“He was a bad guy and shouldn’t be near any presidential politics,” Glenn said of Manafort. “If these reports are true, that level of corruption so close to the president is seriously disturbing.”
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: Russia is back in the news. Last night, two bombshells in the Russian investigation.
Number one, US investigators wiretapped former campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret FISA court orders before and after the election. This is huge, unprecedented, never been done before.
Two, the Mueller prosecutors told Manafort that they had planned to indict him. So let’s start here with number one.
According to the sources that spoke with CNN, Manafort became the subject of an FBI investigation in 2014 that looked into a number of consulting firms that did work with Ukraine’s former ruling party. Manafort is a guy that long before he had anything to do with Donald Trump, we told you about. He was a bad guy and shouldn’t be near any presidential politics, no matter which side it was on.
The second surveillance warrant came after the government intercepted communications between Manafort and suspected Russian operatives. And, number two, on top of investigating, Trump associates communications with Russian operatives, Mueller has Manafort under investigation for a possible violation of tax laws, money laundering and requirements to disclose foreign lobbying.
After the FBI raided Manafort’s house, investigators told Manafort that he is going to face criminal charges.
So here’s what all of this means: If these reports are true — if these reports are true, that level of corruption so close to the president is seriously disturbing, especially since the corruption is tied to the number one geopolitical foe, Russia.
I want to make this clear: These reports do not mean Manafort is guilty of anything, at least yet.