Paul Manafort Wiretapped, Told to Expect an Indictment

Judiciary Committee Issues Subpoena For Paul ManafortA pair of new reports on the Russia investigation published Monday night suggest that Donald Trumpโ€™s former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, is in very serious legal trouble indeed.

First, CNNโ€™s Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown report that federal investigators got secret court orders to wiretap Manafort โ€” at first before the 2016 campaign because of an inquiry into his work in Ukraine, and later as part of the investigation into Trump associatesโ€™ ties to Russia.

Second, the New York Timesโ€™s Sharon LaFraniere, Matt Apuzzo, and Adam Goldman report that this summer, special counsel Robert Muellerโ€™s prosecutors โ€œtold Mr. Manafort they planned to indict him.โ€ They also add the detail that when federal agents searched Manafortโ€™s home in July at the behest of Muellerโ€™s team, they picked the lock rather than announcing their presence in advance.

Together, the reports of wiretaps and the threat of indictment make Manafortโ€™s legal woes โ€” which already looked troubling โ€” appear even more serious.

Manafort is under investigative scrutiny both for matters that preceded his involvement in Trumpโ€™s campaign and continued during the Trump campaign.

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