Apparently, the U.S. government, note that this was during the Obama term, did, in fact, wiretap former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Not only before the election but afterward as well.
The secret order was actually obtained by investigators after Manafort was put as the subject of an investigation being carried out by the FBI in 2014, due to his consultation work for a Ukrainian political party.
Manafort was Trump’s campaign chairman from May until August of last year. He was fired from the position after the Ukraine information came to light. And since then he’s been the focus of several stories, mostly conducted by the Liberal Left, who essentially believe he knows much more than he’s leading on…
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.
As Written By Chuck Ross for the Daily Caller:
The surveillance was ended at some point last year because of a lack of evidence, one source told CNN, but investigators obtained another warrant at some point during the presidential campaign.
It is not clear exactly when the second surveillance warrant was obtained, though it was after the now-infamous meeting held at Trump Tower last June. Manafort attended the meeting along with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and a group of Russians with alleged ties to the Russian government.
The wiretap on Manafort has yielded intelligence of interest to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential campaign.
Mueller obtained a search warrant of Manafort’s Virginia residence in late July. Federal agents also conducted a search of a storage facility that belongs to Manafort, according to CNN. The latter search appears to have been carried out earlier this year before Mueller took over the Russia investigation.