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Trump O'Clock hit hard today

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.

This is gonna be a long night, isn’t it.

I hope Clay is getting a head start on tomorrow update! :golfing_man:


I missed this gem from the Sunday NYT’s story, adds some interesting ‘color’ to this whole dynamic…

The uncertainty has grown to the point that White House officials privately express fear that colleagues may be wearing a wire to surreptitiously record conversations for Mr. Mueller.