Electronic surveillance of former Donald Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort picked up his conversations with Russians that took place during the 2016 campaign, according to a report.
FBI agents wiretapped Manafort in an investigation that runs back to 2014.
That probe preceded his time as a top Trump campaign official, and is believed to have initially centered on undisclosed work for Ukrainian entities.
But surveillance also occurred during the 2016 campaign, and according to CBS news included conversations Manafort had with Russians.
FBI agents wiretapped former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort in an investigation that runs back to 2014
A former U.S. official told the network the conversations Manafort had with Russians were 'about the campaign' and potentially include Trump conversations.
Trump has indicated he spoke with Manafort on occasion as president.
The revelation that Manafort is considered significant not only because someone so closely connected to Trump has been under such scrutiny.
Such surveillance would have taken place under a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant – which would have required a judge who sits on a special court to sign on off it based on a showing of probable cause.
CNN reported Monday night that Manafort had been under surveillance. The network reported that intercepts