NYT: With a Picked Lock and a Threatened Indictment, Mueller’s Inquiry Sets a Tone
- Mueller obtained a subpoena for an ex-Manafort lawyer, claiming an exception to attorney-client shield rule.
- In July raid, Mueller’s investigators were looking for evidence Manafort set up secret offshore bank accounts and Mueller’s prosecutors told Manafort they planned to indict him.
- Prosecutors would have had to persuade a judge that Manafort was likely to destroy evidence, in order to pick the lock and enter the home unannounced.
CNN: US government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman
- Investigators reportedly wiretapped Paul Manafort under secret court orders before AND after the election.
- Trump and Manafort continued to speak long after the FBI investigation into Manafort was publicly known and after Trump’s inauguration.
- Some intel collected includes comms that sparked concerns Manafort may have encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign.
- The first warrant was issued based on a Ukraine FBI investigation, however the second warrant was part of the FBI’s efforts to investigate ties between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives.