Manafort demands investigation into wiretapping reports
© Greg Nash

President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort is demanding an investigation into a report that he was wiretapped during and after the 2016 election campaign.

Manafort said in a statement Tuesday that the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office of Inspector General must "immediately conduct an investigation into these leaks and to examine the motivations behind a previous Administration’s effort to surveil a political opponent."

“Mr. Manafort requests that the Department of Justice release any intercepts involving him and any non-Americans so interested parties can come to the same conclusion as the DOJ — there is nothing there.”

Manafort also blasted the reports that he was wiretapped during and after the 2016 campaign, saying that it is illegal to disclose Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants under the law.

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Manafort was responding to reports that the government obtained a secret court order under FISA in 2014 allegedly to focus on his work consulting for the government of Ukraine.

A second warrant obtained by the government was allegedly part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia's election interference. 

Manafort has quickly become a key figure in Mueller's investigation. FBI agents raided Manafort’s home in July as part of the probe, and Mueller reportedly told him that he should expect to be indicted as part of the investigation.

Mueller is also working with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) as part of his investigation into Manafort. Pulling in a state attorney general prevents Trump from pardoning Manafort.