Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s beleaguered former campaign manager was allegedly under surveillance by the FBI before and after the 2016 election.
A secret court order authorized investigators to look into work he did on behalf of a pro-Russia Ukrainian political party. But he also became a person of interest as part of the FBI’s probe into whether Trump’s campaign actively colluded with Russian officials to influence the 2016 presidential election.
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.
Back in July, the FBI raided Manafort’s home and it was reported that the evidence found was enough for Special Investigator Robert Mueller to call for his indictment.
Also in July, the Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Manafort to testify about the infamous meeting with Donald Trump JR. and a Russian agent who claimed to have damaging information on Hillary Clinton, but the subpoena was dropped when Manafort agreed to cooperate.
On Sunday ranking Democrat of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), said the committee would again invite Manafort to testify and is “likely to subpoena him if he refuses to comply.”
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