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Glenn Explains Paul Manafort Wiretap and Why Russia Is in the News Again

What happened?

CNN reported that former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort has been under FBI surveillance multiple times, both before and after the 2016 election, because of his connections to Russia.

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.

Glenn’s take:

“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.”

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

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.

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'They've taken away the symbol of the American flag': Restaurant owner speaks out after being FINED for flying flags on July 4

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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