Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort was under secret FISA warrants during and after 2016 campaign, reports allege Manafort encouraged Russians to help with campaign.
Some of the intelligence collected includes communications that sparked concerns among investigators that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign, according to three sources familiar with the investigation. Two of these sources, however, cautioned that the evidence is not conclusive.
The conversations between Manafort and Trump continued after the President took office, long after the FBI investigation into Manafort was publicly known, the sources told CNN. They went on until lawyers for the President and Manafort insisted that they stop, according to the sources.
It’s unclear whether Trump himself was picked up on the surveillance.
Donald Trump Jr., Kushner and Manafort met with Russian lawyer for dirt on Clinton!
President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, according to three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it.
The meeting was also attended by his campaign chairman at the time, Paul J. Manafort, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kushner recently disclosed the meeting, though not its content, in confidential government documents described to The New York Times.
And now we know they did, and the #TrumpRussia story is still unfolding at the time of this posting. Did Vice President Mike Pence lie or was he mislead or was it something else? What’s really going on in the Trump administration?
Sessions involved hosting dinners where Russian lobbyist attended after testifying he had no contacts with Russian lobbyists while involved with Trump campaign!
Lobbyist for Russian interests says he attended dinners hosted by Sessions. Richard Burt contradicts Jeff Sessions’ testimony that he didn’t believe he had contacts with lobbyists working for Russian interests during Trump’s campaign.
“I did attend two dinners with groups of former Republican foreign policy officials and Senator Sessions,”
Richard Burt said.
Asked whether Sessions was unfamiliar with Burt’s role as a lobbyist for Russian interests – a fact that is disclosed in public records – or had any reason to be confused about the issue, Burt told the Guardian that he did not know.
Several media reports published before Trump’s election in November noted that Burt advised then candidate Trump on his first major foreign policy speech, a role that brought him into contact with Sessions personally. More from The Guardian here.