Manafort Calls On DOJ To Release His Intercepted Phone Calls; Demands Investigation Of Leaks

Tyler Durden's picture

Less than 24 hours after CNN triggered the latest outbreak of 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' by relaying information from anonymous sources that Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manfort has been under surveillance by the FBI since 2014, Manafort has fired back by calling on the Department of Justice to release all transcripts of his tapped phone calls so that the American public "can come to the same conclusion as the DOJ — there is nothing there."  Per the Daily Caller:

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is calling on the Justice Department to release transcripts of any intercepted communications he may have had with foreigners.


Manafort, a longtime Republican political consultant, also called on the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate the leak of details of secret surveillance warrants obtained by U.S. investigators.


“Mr. Manafort requests that the Department of Justice release any intercepts involving him and any non-Americans so interested parties can come to the same conclusion as the DOJ — there is nothing there,” Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said in a statement.

Manafort's spokesman goes on to demand that the DOJ launch an immediate investigation into who continues to commit federal felonies with reckless abandon by leaking details of confidential FISA warrants to the media.

Whether or not Manafort committed a crime — and he has not been charged with anything — the leak of information about FISA warrants is a federal crime, Maloni noted in his statement.


“If true, it is a felony to reveal the existence of a FISA warrant, regardless of the fact that no charges ever emerged,” Maloni said.


Information about FISA warrants is classified and tightly held by government officials and the federal judges that approve them. Unauthorized disclosures of FISA information is also a felony.


At a House Intelligence Committee hearing in March, then-FBI Director James Comey testified that the leak of FISA information is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.


In his statement, Maloni called on the Justice Department’s watchdog to “immediately” open an investigation into the leak and to “examine the motivations behind the previous Administration’s effort to surveil a political opponent.”


Of course, this was all triggered by CNN's 'bombshell' story last night which revealed that Manafort has been under an ongoing wiretap, approved by the FISA courts, going back to 2014 and tied to his consulting arrangements with Ukraine's former ruling party.

That said, the interesting part of CNN's story came via the revelation that "surveillance [of Manafort] was discontinued at some point last year for lack of evidence" but was then restarted with a "new FISA warrant that extended at least into early this year"...all of which sounds an awful lot like the Obama administration using FISA courts to spy on a political opponent. 

Here are the details as presented by CNN:

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.


Special counsel Robert Mueller's team, which is leading the investigation into Russia's involvement in the election, has been provided details of these communications.


A secret order authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) began after Manafort became the subject of an FBI investigation that began in 2014. It centered on work done by a group of Washington consulting firms for Ukraine's former ruling party, the sources told CNN.


The surveillance was discontinued at some point last year for lack of evidence, according to one of the sources.


The FBI then restarted the surveillance after obtaining a new FISA warrant that extended at least into early this year.

All of which has led many people to question throughout the day whether the Obama administration, as Trump suggested back in March, did intentionally spy on his campaign using FISA warrants.

Certainly these two tweets from CNN's Jake Tapper would seem to be somewhat contradictory:

Tapper's initial reaction from March 2017 to Trump's claim that the Obama administration wiretapped his campaign:


Tapper's follow-up tweet from last night:



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Rockwell's picture

Someone needs to parallel reconstruct Mueller into retirement lest the tyranny become too large to ignore.

New_Meat's picture

"Someone" beeeg thinks that this is more important than Watergate.

The Alarmist's picture

Keep making these noises, Manafort, and next time we're going to smash your door down and take you out cuffed and bound in cable ties.

Rellorellin's picture

Something I have been asking for a long time now.. Where the fuck is Jeff Sessions? Since when does someone have the right to investigate someone going back over ten fucking years without evidence of any crime being committed? This is a fucking circus.

peippe's picture

I was hoping this would go greek tragedy, 

but with manafort gouging out mueller's eyes & sending him on his way..........

Farmer Joe in Brooklyn's picture

Jake Tapper is gonna really have to start working for those CIA paychecks....

Robert Trip's picture

Shove your wire up your asshole you fucking sleazebag.

Go suck some FBI dick and maybe you'll walk you intellectually and sexually perverted malcontent.

Fuck off dipshit.

thecondor's picture

What I want to say will get me a visit from a very powerful government spook, so I will keep my mouth shut. 

TeethVillage88s's picture

What are the Priorities for Reform issues?

- Gift Giving in Politics, Money in Politics, Sweetheart Deals in Politics... Term Limits... Congressmen Answering back to State Assemblies
- Foreign Policy as old as Monroe Doctrine
- Money being handed out like a Wall Street Drunk by out Governments... State or Federal Levels... from Teaching in Foreign languages to Welfare to Foreign Welfare and Leases on Foreign Military Bases where our soldiers spend money in foreign economies and not in the USA
- Indeterminate Voting in National Elections... perhaps voter fraud... perhaps encouragement of voting by Illegals
- Crimes by Politicians, Lies by Politicians for events like 911 or 2008 Financial Crash
- Crimes by biggest Corporations & Banks like 2008 Financial Crisis, Dot Com Crisis, LTCM, ENRON, Savings & Loan Crisis
- Crimes by Central Banks... Manipulated Interest Rates for 10 Years, Feigned Ignorance of Threats to US Dollar, US Credit, US Credit System, USD, by mis-management of World Reserve Currency with Derivatives scaling up to the Moon, no standardization of Financial Instruments... no concern over the WRC and Stewardship of the WRC... No concern over Subprime Mortgages, no concern over 'act of war' to sell subprime mortgages to foreign countries as AAA... no concern over fake Financial ratings & Financial Rating Agencies being paid by client who have products which are rated... no concern over auditing agencies/independent auditing agencies who have scandals one after another year after year
- Power of Lobbyist or Foundations or Think Tanks
- Mal-Investment by FIREs Corporations... especially in LIRP Environment
- Power of TBTF or Hedgefunds which have special powers... to leverage 40:1
- Destruction of Social Contract, Social Security, Medicaid/Medicare & Health Care, Universities, Housing, Rents, Utilities Costs, Fixed Income Citizens, Pensioners, Wealth, Middle Class Wealth, Extraction of Wealth by forcing citizens to hire experts for all financial or tax matters... because of planned, central planning to create "INFLATION"

Forward Looking Indicators

- Termination of Boskin Commision Reforms on CPI
- Raising of Fed Target Interest Rate for 10 Yr
- Equities & Bonds Crash
- Delinquencies & Chargeoffs
- Commodities Crash (Oil is halfway there)
- Selling out of Foreign ETFs, Mutual Funds
- Institutional Sell off of Equities
- Art Sales Increase
- Bitcoin & Gold & Silver soar

Zorba's idea's picture

Nice list...You might include fixing Owhatshisname's Abysmal Care Act (ACA) aka., OhNOcare!. Also, Meaningful Tax Reform/Reduction, with 80% of the reduction targeted for Middle Class/Small Business...before they all become extinct. Lastly, If your CONgressional Critter is a RINO..Primary the SOB and dont let the 2 Party cucks select. The people (WE) can end the 2 party racket only if we stop feeding it.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

Don't be a pussy. Say it. Then bury an IED under your doormat.

Duc888's picture



He has already been indicted.  He might as well go out swinging.  So far we have Hillary, Huma, Obama, Brennan, Tapper, Clapper, Comey , Weiner and Mueller all lying.  Most under oath.

seek's picture

It's kind of poetic, where their desire to exploit their power to destroy political enemies sets them up for their own fall.

All that's left is for the swamp dwellers to come forward and talk about how there's nothing here and this case needs to be dropped.

Hopefully they go forward and start sucking the liars into the proceedings one by one.

Father ¢hristmas's picture

Politicians and elected officials are mascots for special interests, who in turn, work to either pay interest on loans to further/or establish credit to acquire (moar) capital.

Where a particular dollar amount will fail to hire a mascot, which is rare but it does happen, potential profits over an extended time frame will succeed, as long as the benefactor's interests don't adversely impact the mascot's other employers too much.

Walter White's picture

commie douchebag....lock him up

spiral galaxy's picture

Who? Obama, Rice or Samantha Power? Maybe Hillary?! Please specify! Schmuck

General Fuster Cluck's picture

Never trust a man named "Tapper".

Chupacabra-322's picture

"Manafort has been under an ongoing wiretap, approved by the FISA courts, going back to 2014 and tied to his consulting arrangements with Ukraine's former ruling."

Ha! That's nothing.

The entire US populace has been under metadata surveillance since that little pesky AT&T room 641A & since October 2001. Right after the False Flag of 911.


According to the Times piece, the siphoning of internet data from AT&T began in 2003 and continued for a decade in a relationship that the NSA called “highly collaborative.” The telecom giant, according to one Snowden document, was extremely willing to help out the spy agency, and its engineers “were the first to try out new surveillance technologies invented by the eavesdropping agency.”

According to the Times, AT&T began turning over emails and other internet data to the spy agency around October 2001, even before the secret rooms were built, in a program dubbed “Fairview.” The program forwarded 400 billion Internet metadata records to the NSA’s headquarters at Ft. Meade in Maryland—which included the senders and recipients of emails and other details, but not the content of the correspondence. AT&T also forwarded more than one million emails a day to be run through the NSA’s keyword selection system. In September 2003, AT&T apparently enabled a new collection capability for the spy agency, which amounted to a “‘live’ presence on the global net.” The Times doesn’t elaborate on what this involved.

The Illegal, Criminal surveillance continues to this day with Impunity especially after the Criminal Centralized Telecommunications Companies were given retroactive immunity by a Criminal, Tyrannical Lawless Supreme Court.

It's the exact reason why the absolute, complete, open in your Face

Tyrannical Lawlessness

continues to this day.

But in the US, large and powerful actors must not be and are not subject to the rule of law. So telecoms hired former government officials from both parties to lobby for them and poured money into the coffers of key Democratic Senators such as Intelligence Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (who became the chief advocate of telecom immunity).

In 2008, the industry obtained an extraordinary act of Congress that gave them the gift of retroactive immunity from all criminal and civil liability for their participation in the illegal eavesdropping programs aimed at Americans on US soil. The immunity was enacted by an overwhelming bipartisan vote, with the support of leading Democrats including Barack Obama, who had promised - when seeking his party's nomination - to filibuster any bill that contained retroactive telecom immunity.

The Persistent Vegetable's picture

Manafort is as crooked as the day as long. He belongs in a cell, preferably the one next to Hilary.

The Persistent Vegetable's picture

Wow. i'm suprised so many of you are downvoting the thought of Hilary being in prison. Tough crowd.

seek's picture

There's no shortage of ShareBlue accounts here.

I've noticed the same on other niche forums I'm a member of. A seemingly hard shift to the left among demographics that have been libertarian or right-leaning for decades.

All an illusion, my friend, paid for my Soros in a pathetic attempt to astroturf reality. They don't seem to realize the cognitive dissonance of their presence is so strong it actually wakes sheep up -- one of the myriad of reasons their candidate (that should be in prison, as you've noted) lost.

peippe's picture

just because the guy has accounts in other countries that the us tax goons can't locate, 

that makes him a criminal, a smart one, why get mad about it?

these idiots are lighting us funds on fire looking for funds/assets they will never find. 

the lawyers & investigators are stealing from YOU, so stay mad at the dumb ones you hired, 

not the smart ones who have their game up to snuff. Mueller is a 20th century loser, but he gets 

paid by you to muddle through this investigation, he will turn up squat & you will say thank you. : )

Apeon's picture

Nah!  The one next to yours------I used to think it was NOT a crime to be Stupid-----However,  willfully Stupid like you is a crime.

MuffDiver69's picture

Par for the course with Obama..No biggie..Just get a wiretap on the campaign chair for the political opponent of the candidate you openly campaigned for..No biggie..Doesn't look bad..Just checking him out you know..Its not like the campaign chair for Crooked Hillary worked for the exact same people and was paid too....Move along..

DirtySanchez's picture

Most of us are too fucking stupid to comprehend, but each of us is under attack by the establishment, the permanent ruling elite, and the duplicitous and corrupt/corporate fake news industry.

The battle will be fierce.
Many will be imprisoned.
Many more will die.

There isn't a politician, lawyer, banker, or journalist, or their families, alive today, that should not be violently disposed of when the opportunity arises.

WTFUD's picture

Why do they call you Dirty Sanchez? . . . because i'm willing to undertake all the shitty jobs they throw at me . . . atta boy , we'll make you deputy chief-executioner. Put together a Lynch, er, a Swat Militia Posse, arm yourself to the teeth and bring in the bodies dead or alive. Start with that little fat fucking pervert Lindsey Graham, snide little cunt; McConnell's Clan are running Coke, Clinton also . . keep me posted.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Hey, how do I get in a piece of this action?

WTFUD's picture

It's hard to believe that Trump hasn't got some dirt, on a single fucker, on the table, when a semi-decent PI could fill a whole room with what's already out there, proven.

With untold resources at his disposal, not a fucking dickey bird, no night swat busts, no IRS sniffing, nada, Hillary, Congress, ex DOJ/FBI/CIA, Bankers, ALL CLEAN.

Wasserman Schultz, Loretta Lynch, Eric Holdout, Corzine ( O'Barry's chief funds organiser ) , nope, nothing to see here . . . . and yet he allows Deep States interference into his own campaign to continue unabated.

PURE CIRCUS. Trump's now or always was, one a Dem!

Chupacabra-322's picture


The horror in all this is the Real Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths like

Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Wasserman-Shultz, Wiener, Abedin, Podesta,

Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Obama, Lynch, Clapper, Jarret, Brennan.....etc.....

Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Psychopath George Bush Senior & Jr., Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Rice....etc.....

The real, out in the open in your Face

Tyrannical Lawlessness

Criminals at Large continue to walk free.

To this day.

Explain to me again how we're not

Tyrannically Lawless?

SummerSausage's picture

You expect Trump to jump over tall buildings in a single bound, too?

He's a team of 1 with Dems, Repubs, Media and Establishment attacking him at every turn. Even so, he's accomplished more and fulfilled more campaign promises in 8 months than Obama, Bush and Clinton did in 24 years.

Trump will get around to taking down the crooks.  Right now he's taking out the snipers.

homebody's picture

So it was not the Russians trying to interfere with the election - boy am I surprised - NOT


Trump needs a DOJ that will go after all the corrupt bastards.   Get tough now.   Get Trey on the job.

Catullus's picture

Very very watergate-y

Robert Trip's picture

Another asshole running around in a $900.00 3-piece suit, shooting his mouth off and enjoying a power-trip and when things go sour for the prick I'm supposed to feel sorry for him?

Fuck him.

Everyone is lying's picture

Oh, Tapper pays a lot more than $900 for one of his suits.



A LOT more.



Everyone is lying's picture

Tapper should have to write "I am a lying reporter" 1000 times during his show.


It would be the first truth he broadcasted in years.



Boris Badenov's picture

Sessions has a hard decision: Anything he charges HRC, her boss also goes down. Get Obie back in the USA and grab him, nobody knows where he is. Moochelle is in Spain by herself, oldest fake daughter got reinstated at Harvard of all places, younger fake daughter last seen with her "sister" at a Palm Springs restaurant that was closed for the summer....

PS Hillary forgot the Question Mark in the title of her book, further showing that she sucks. 

FoggyWorld's picture

Sessions doesn't make hard decisions about corruption by democrats.   He just nods off and takes another long, long nap.  Not one person has been indicted for corruption since he moved into that office.

Walter White's picture

this cunt going to jail, with trump

Solomonpal's picture

I see deep snorkel has been up your ass as well as his own. What's with you guys and deep snorkeling?

RussianSniper's picture

There are no surprises regarding Trump, his family members and campaign staff being spied on for political reasons.

Obama and his corrupt administration are not only war criminals, but domestic terrorists.

These no account pieces of shit are willing to start a race war or a world war.

Taras Bulba's picture

The Committee to Investigate Russia!

It does not get much more ludicrous, pathetic, obvious, etc, etc than this.

To state the obvious, there is one hell of a lot of money lining up behind these destructive efforts.

The demos/neo cons organized another a couple of weeks ago.

Deep Snorkeler's picture

The screw clamp tightens around Trump.

Manafort will squeal. And it's not about

Trump falsifying his golf card:


-Collusion with a foreign power.

-Tax evasion

-Money laundering

Trump University fraud was only the aperitif.

Solomonpal's picture

Did you deep snorkel that from up your ass?

Occams_Razor_Trader's picture

BS Deep Snoodler.

Projecting the Clinton cromes much?

az_patriot's picture

Sorry to be so direct about this, but you're being percieved as seriously fucked up.  Every one of your postings are these mentally deranged multi-line diatribes of speculative bullshit.

Apeon's picture

its the Nitrogen, went to deep, can't get it out

Deep Snorkeler's picture

Sorry but I forgot


LeftandRightareWrong's picture

Accusations, insinuations, implications ... smoke are much more valuable than fire politically and last longer.

FoggyWorld's picture

It's even worse than that.   Mueller instructed the FBI agents who went to Manafort's house very early one morning to use lock picking tools rather than just simply ringing the door bell.  

Mueller is really acting way beyond the eithical dimensions of his so called job and at some point this needs to be discussed so that we don't turn into a banana republic overnight.