Investigators believed that former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort may have solicited help from Russia.
Investigators believed that former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort may have solicited help from Russia.
The U.S. government, under a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order, wiretapped Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign manager whose dealings in Ukraine led to him becoming a central figure in the investigation of Russia inference in the U.S. presidential campaign.

Suspicious of his work on behalf of Ukraine's ruling party, investigators  first obtained a FISA court order to tap Manafort in 2014, according to a report by CNN. 

After a brief respite in 2016, when the probe failed to yield compelling evidence of wrongdoing, the government obtained a second order later that year to conduct surveillance with the express purpose of probing potential collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian operatives, CNN reported. The surveillance included a time when Manafort was having conversations with Trump that extended long beyond his employment by the campaign - Manafort was pushed out of his position as campaign manager in August 2016.

"This means a federal judge reviewed evidence & concluded there was probable cause Manafort engaged in crimes or was agent of foreign power," Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., tweeted.