President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul J. Manafort, was wiretapped by U.S. investigators who were acting under court order, according to this recent report.
What we know
- This past March, President Trump made a widely ridiculed claim that former President Barack Obama had his “wires tapped” at Trump Tower.
- A recent report said that Manafort, who has a residence in Trump Tower, has been under court-ordered surveillance beginning before the November election and continuing through early 2017.
- The report has forced skeptics to give possible credence to Trump’s wiretapping claims.
- Special council Robert S. Mueller, who is leading the investigation into possible Russian involvement with the election, has been provided with the surveillance reports.
President of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitten, joined Dana Loesch today on “Dana.” He explained that to “take a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant [and] use the intelligence surveillance powers of the United States to target an American citizen,” was an unusually aggressive act against Manafort. “When Trump said, ‘I was wiretapped’ … everyone laughed at him. The media made fun of him and said ‘what evidence does he have?’ But he was right,” added Fitten.
“In my view, I think the big scandal here is … we had a president who abused and misused the IRS, [and] who worked with the justice Department and the FBI in 2012 to target the same groups that the IRS was after. Robert Mueller was running the FBI at the time … Is it any stretch to think that they would use the awesome powers of the Federal Government to target again their opposition during a political campaign?” he asked.