Oh man. This is a big deal. According to the New York Times, Manafort is about to be indicted.
Paul J. Manafort was in bed early one morning in July when federal agents bearing a search warrant picked the lock on his front door and raided his Virginia home. They took binders stuffed with documents and copied his computer files, looking for evidence that Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, set up secret offshore bank accounts. They even photographed the expensive suits in his closet.
The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, then followed the house search with a warning: His prosecutors told Mr. Manafort they planned to indict him, said two people close to the investigation.
Looks like we finally hit some fire among all the smoke. That could mean absolutely nothing to Trump, or it could spell trouble. Either way, it’s no bueno for Manafort, who was Trump’s former campaign manager…
Also… CNN confirms that the U.S. government was SPYING on Manafort before the election:
US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe.The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.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.
Looks like they had his number really early on. This substantiates Trump’s claim that Trump Tower might have been wiretapped, BUT that doesn’t mean it was politically motivated, if they had a good reason to surveil him…