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Paul Manafort asks Justice to investigate FBI wiretap report

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Former Trump associate Paul Manafort was reportedly put under surveillance following a probe into his business dealings in 2014. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, demanded on Tuesday that the government open an investigation into news reports that he had been wiretapped by the FBI.

CNN reported Monday that Manafort had been the target of FBI wiretaps both before and after he ran Trump’s presidential campaign. The network reported that the eavesdropping was authorized under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which permits the government to secretly wiretap Americans if it can persuade a judge that they are agents of a foreign power.

Manafort’s spokesman Jason Maloni said if that report is true, the Justice Department’s Inspector General should open an investigation into the leak of a FISA warrant, which is a felony.

Maloni also said the IG should “examine the motivations behind a previous administration’s effort to surveil a political opponent.”

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The Justice Department has refused to confirm or deny whether any of the president’s associates were the targets of intelligence wiretaps. FISA orders are classified and rarely become public.

Maloni said the alleged surveillance did not lead prosecutors to seek criminal charges against Manafort. And he urged the government to “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 has been a subject of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Trump associates. Investigators have focused on work Manafort’s firm did for a pro-Russian group in Ukraine between 2012 and 2014.

Trump claimed in a series of tweets on March 4 that President Obama’s administration had tapped his phones in Trump tower. “This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” the president tweeted.

USA TODAY and the non-profit James Madison Project filed a lawsuit in April to force the FBI to turn over records of FISA surveillance of Trump or his aides during the 2016 campaign.

The Justice Department has said in court filings that it has no records of surveillance that would substantiate Trump’s allegations.

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Manafort walks around the convention floor before the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18, 2016.  Carolyn Kaster, AP

Manafort is interviewed on the floor of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena on July 17, 2016, in Cleveland.  Win McNamee, Getty Images

Manafort speaks on the phone while touring the floor of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena as final preparations continued on July 17, 2016, in Cleveland.  Win McNamee, Gett Images

Manafort checks the podium before Trump’s event at Trump SoHo Hotel on June 22, 2016, in New York City.  Drew Angerer

Manafort leaves the Four Seasons Hotel after a meeting with Trump and Republican donors on June 9, 2016, in New York City.  Drew Angerer, Getty Images

Manafort checks the teleprompters before Trump’s speech at the Mayflower Hotel on April 27, 2016, in Washington.  Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images

Manafort speaks with Ben Carson as they arrive for a Trump for President reception with guests during the Republican National Committee spring meeting at the Diplomat Resort on April 21, 2016, in Hollywood, Fla.  Joe Raedle, Getty Images

Manafort appears on “Meet the Press” in Washington on April 10, 2016.  NBC NewsWire, NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

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Roger Stone has meltdown after he figures out he’s been caught on Paul Manafort wiretap 

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Last night it was revealed that the Feds had a secret wiretap on Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort’s phone before and after the election. Even as the public and the media scramble to figure out who may have been caught up on that wiretap, one individual is now confirming that he’s been caught up in it – and he’s not taking the news well.

Former Trump campaign adviser and longtime Trump friend Roger Stone reacted to the news in all caps fashion, which typically signifies a meltdown: “THE FEDS WERE EAVESDROPPING ON MY TELEPHONE CALLS WITH MANAFORT DURING THE INAUGURATION AND TRANSITION.” Stone appeared to be trying to paint himself as a victim, which is absurd considering that the wiretap on Manafort’s phone was signed off on by a federal judge and everything was above board. Instead, Stone may have just made it all that much easier for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to target him in the Trump-Russia investigation.

Thanks to Stone’s admission, Mueller now has confirmation that Manafort and Stone had multiple phone conversations that need to be looked into. His angry defensive response suggests those conversations may have been incriminating. Moreover, Mueller now knows when those calls happened, potentially making it easier to zero in them. With every one of Manafort’s phone calls having been automatically recorded, investigators are sitting on potentially thousands of hours of recordings to sift through. This just made it easier for them to find what they’re looking for. Stone is far from the only Trump team member caught up on the wiretap.

Based on the known timeframe of the Paul Manafort wiretap, it’s a near certainty that Donald Trump himself has been recorded during his phone calls to Manafort before and after the election. In addition, as Palmer Report reported last night, Mike Pence is also known to have spoken regularly with Manafort by phone during the transition.

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Donald Trump signals how much he’s worried about the New York Attorney General taking him down 

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One of the biggest advantages for those trying to take down Donald Trump is that he keeps blatantly telegraphing his intentions at every turn. Earlier this month it was revealed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is working with the State of New York to bring parallel state level charges in the Trump-Russia scandal, which can’t be pardoned. This evening, Trump signaled he finally understands how much trouble he’s in when it comes to those state level charges.

Trump has spent years hurling personal insults at New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, calling him a “lightweight” and at one point randomly accusing him of being a cocaine addict. But after all that bluster, Trump invited Schneiderman to join him at a United Nations reception this evening in New York City according to a Politico report (link). We all know what Trump is trying to do here, because we’ve seen him do it before, and we know what it means.

When FBI Director James Comey was in charge of the Trump-Russia investigation, Donald Trump invited him to a private dinner in an attempt at schmoozing him, under the narcissistic and delusional belief that he could charm Comey into going easy on him. When it didn’t work, Trump fired Comey, which resulted in Mueller taking over the investigation. Once it became clear to Trump how screwed he was, he reportedly began sending personal messages to Mueller in an attempt at buttering him up into going soft on him. Now Trump is trying to schmooze Eric Schneiderman.

This means Donald Trump has finally figured out what the rest of us figured out awhile ago: Mueller’s coordination with Schneiderman means two things. First, it means Trump can’t pardon people like Paul Manafort, which greatly increases the odds of them flipping on him. Second, it means that the minute Trump is ousted from office, the State of New York is going to make a very serious effort at putting Trump in prison.

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Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, President Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea and labeled Iran a “rogue nation,” the New York Times reported. In remarks at the summit of world leaders, Trump called the North Korean regime “a band of criminals” and said the U.S. would act unilaterally to defend itself against North Korea if necessary. Trump also denounced Iran as a “corrupt dictatorship” and a supporter of terrorism in the Middle East and called the Iran nuclear deal “an embarrassment.” Furthermore, Trump said the U.S. was “prepared to take further action” to respond to violence and repression in Venezuela. In the speech, the president emphasized an “America First” approach to foreign policy to the audience of foreign leaders and diplomats.

The FBI wiretapped Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort under Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants before and after the election, CNN reported on Monday. The FBI obtained a FISA warrant to surveil Manafort for a 2014 investigation into consulting firms working for Ukraine’s former ruling party, the Party of Regions, which was linked to Russia. Last year, investigators discontinued that surveillance because of a lack of evidence. However, the FISA court granted the FBI  a new warrant in fall 2016 to resume monitoring of Manafort in connection with the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and elements linked to the Russian government. The surveillance continued into this year. Separately, the Times reported that during a raid on Manafort’s house in July, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team warned Manafort that they planned to indict him.

Myanmar’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi evaded accusations that her government is carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya Muslim population, the Washington Post reported. In her first public statement since the crisis began on August 25, Suu Kyi said that Myanmar’s government condemned all human rights violations, but she did not acknowledge any responsibility for the actions of Myanmar’s armed forces, which U.N. officials have described as atrocities. She pledged to investigate claims of abuse but also defended the government’s development efforts in Rakhine state, where the most of the Rohingya population live. Although Suu Kyi said that a majority of Muslims in Rakhine have not left the country, over 400,000 refugees have crossed the border to Bangladesh since August. Satellite images showed over 200 Rohingya villages that have been incinerated since March, according to the Times.

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Japan moved a missile interceptor to a military base near the aerial paths of recent North Korean missile tests that crossed over the northern island of Hokkaido, the Post reported. The Japanese Defense Ministry announced it deployed on Tuesday a Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptor unit to a base in southern Hokkaido “as a precaution.” Japan’s constitution only allows its defense forces to shoot down missiles heading to Japan or causing debris to fall on Japanese territory.

 

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