Manafort calls for probe into wiretap, release of intercepts

The Washington Times | 9/19/2017 | Staff
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The Justice Department’s Inspector General should investigate leaks that indicate U.S. authorities wiretapped President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the transcripts of the intercepts should be publicly released, his spokesman said Tuesday.

The demand came a day after CNN reported that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved two surveillance orders targeting Mr. Manafort — one in 2014 before he was involved in the Trump campaign and another that extended into this year.

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For a U.S. citizen to be the target of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act order, authorities have to establish probable cause that the person is an agent of a foreign power.

Mr. Manafort’s spokesman, Jason Maloni, said Tuesday that, if true, it’s a felony crime to reveal the existence of a FISA warrant.

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“The U.S Department of Justice’s Inspector General should immediately conduct an investigation into these leaks and to examine the motivations behind a previous Administration’s effort to surveil a political opponent,” Mr. Maloni said.

Citing “three sources familiar with the investigation,” CNN reported that “the government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.”

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Mr. Manafort has owned a home in Trump Tower since 2006.

In March of this year, Mr. Trump tweeted that he had “just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”

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CNN reported that the surveillance orders granted by the court allowed the FBI to tap Mr. Manafort’s phones. The first order...
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