Here is the story from Breitbart News:
Disclaimer - I’m aware that because most of the people here are conservative, doesn’t necessarily mean that you support DJT, I’m just looking for the opinion of a group I believe is reliably conservative.
So my understanding, very briefly, is that Manafort was under surveillance by the CIA because of his work/ association with the former President of Ukraine who allegedly stole money from the country after he was ousted. As a result, the CIA has an investigation that is attempting to discover money stolen (or laundered) as part of what happened. At some point, the FISA court refused to continue surveillance due to a lack of evidence against Manafort.
Later he joined the Trump campaign and again the CIA convinced the FISA to re-initiate surveillance due to Manfort’s alleged Russian contacts (or at least that is my understanding). It’s also my understanding that the amount of evidence needed to initiate the surveillance is very high.
I believe it is widely accepted that DJT was speaking to Manafort during periods that Manafort was under surveillance, though I’ve seen nothing to indicate either way that this has been confirmed that DJT was or wasn’t recorded.
Here is the reporting from last night on Tucker Carlson:
Apologies for the terrible video, I recorded it right off the TV…
I have a few questions of my conservative friends.
First, I watch (and read) both (so-called) “conservative” and “liberal” news sources.
I’ve noticed that “liberal” sources refer to CIA directly or the “US government” that initiated surveillance. And that “FISA” court judges are responsible for the approvals and eventual denials of surveillance.
Conservative media, like Carlson, refer to it as the “Obama administration” and the “highest levels of the Obama administration” that is responsible for the investigation.
"Obama administration “sought, and eventually obtained, authorization to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign: continued monitoring the Trump team even when no evidence of wrongdoing was found.”
The first paragraph of the Breitbart article says:
“U.S. investigators wiretapped President Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to a report by CNN that vindicates the president’s earlier claims, which were mocked as a conspiracy theory.”
Does anyone believe that, even if Trump was picked up in communications with Manafort, these exonerate Trump’s claim that Trump tower was wiretapped?
Does anyone believe that this was directed politically and more to the point, by Obama or someone like the AG? Does anyone think that this is politically motivated if so, is there evidence?
If, in the end, there is no evidence found against Manfort, that’s not evidence that the surveillance shouldn’t have taken place. The question should be, was there sufficient evidence to surveil in the first place. Agreed?
For my part, I don’t really think we can say much until we know the results of the investigation.
The only thing that would possibly exonerate Trump’s claim (in my mind) is if someone could prove that the claims against Manafort were fabricated with the intention of surviving Trump as a candidate and later as President/ President-elect.
While it wouldn’t exonerate Trump’s claims, the mishandling of any surveillance of Trump to expose him without the following procedure would be a serious crime in my opinion.