Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign manager, is not taking the recent heat he is facing lightly. He is calling on the Justice Department to release transcripts of any intercepted communications he may have had with foreigners.
Manafort has also challenged the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate the leak of information regarding secret surveillance warrants obtained by U.S. investigators under the Obama administration’s leadership.
“Mr. Manafort requests that the Department of Justice release any intercepts involving him and any non-Americans so interested parties can come to the same conclusion as the DOJ — there is nothing there,” Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said in a statement.
CNN reported on Monday that investigators obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against Manafort before the presidential election. The wiretapping continued into early this year, according to CNN’s unnamed sources.
According to CNN, U.S. investigators used surveillance on Manafort at his residence in New York’s Trump Towers. They picked up conversations he had with Russian operatives about the election.
Back in 2014, a FISA warrant was used by investigators to conduct surveillance on Manafort in an investigation over his consulting work for a Ukrainian political party. The case ended without charges being filed. Last Fall, in the heat of the election, another FISA warrant was obtained and used with Manafort. He is currently at the center of the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. This probe is centered on possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government, and Mueller seems lately to have focused on Manafort’s business dealings. Mueller conducted a raid on Manafort’s Virginia residence at the end of July. The New York Times reported on Monday that Mueller told Manafort that he would be indicted.
Manafort spokesperson, James Maloni, called on the Justice Department’s watchdog to “immediately” open an investigation into the leak of government FISA information and to “examine the motivations behind the previous Administration’s effort to surveil a political opponent.”
The Justice Department has not responded to a request for comment about the FISA warrant leak focused on Manafort.
Do you think Paul Manafort did anything wrong? Do you think those responsible for the FISA leak in the Obama administration will be punished?
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