Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

US government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman

Posted by M. C. on September 19, 2017

Will Manafort get a fair trial before he is hanged?

US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe.

The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.
Some of the intelligence collected includes communications that sparked concerns among investigators that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign, according to three sources familiar with the investigation.
Two of these sources, however, cautioned that the evidence is not conclusive.
Inconclusiveness hasn’t stopped anyone yet.

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.
As part of the FISA warrant, CNN has learned that earlier this year, the FBI conducted a search of a storage facility belonging to Manafort. It’s not known what they found.
Apparently nothing.
The FBI interest in Manafort dates back at least to 2014, partly as an outgrowth of a US investigation of Viktor Yanukovych, the former Ukrainian president whose pro-Russian regime was ousted amid street protests. Yanukovych’s Party of Regions was accused of corruption, and Ukrainian authorities claimed he squirreled millions of dollars out of the country. 
The same Ukrainian president whose government was overthrown by Obama’s state department, specifically Robert Kagan’s wife Victoria Nuland.
Manafort was ousted from the campaign in August. By then the FBI had noticed what counterintelligence agents thought was a series of odd connections between Trump associates and Russia. 
The same Russia that was allowed to buy US uranium after making a significant contribution to the Clinton Foundation.
All this investigation and no charges. This is a taxpayer funded fishing expedition.
Obama overthrows a government because the freely elected president wouldn’t accept US ‘help’ and chose his ethnic brother, Russia. Nothing to see here.
Just another day in the swamp.
Be seeing you



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