Trump slams FBI for not warning him Manafort was under investigation

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 MORE went after the Department of Justice and the FBI on Wednesday, arguing that his 2016 campaign team should have been warned that campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTrump taps Lewandowski, Bossie for Commission on Presidential Scholars Harris, Jeffries question why Manafort, Cohen released while others remain in prison Cohen released from federal prison to home confinement due to coronavirus concerns MORE was under investigation at the time.

In a tweet, Trump questioned why law enforcement didn't "tell me" that Manafort was being investigated at the time of his hiring, noting that his former aide had previously worked for GOP figures such as President Reagan and Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.).

"Paul Manafort worked for Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other highly prominent and respected political leaders. He worked for me for a very short time. Why didn’t government tell me that he was under investigation. These old charges have nothing to do with Collusion — a Hoax!" Trump wrote.

CNN previously reported last September that Manafort, who joined Trump's campaign shortly before the Republican National Convention in 2016, was in under surveillance by the FBI over questions surrounding his lobbying activities in Ukraine since at least 2014.

Manafort appeared in court Tuesday for the opening day of his Virginia trial, where he faces 18 charges of bank and tax fraud, including allegations that he laundered $30 million made from lobbying for pro-Russia political parties in Ukraine several years ago. If convicted, Manafort could face up to life in prison.


The former Trump aide, who was ordered to jail last month for violating the terms of his bail agreement, also awaits separate charges in Washington, D.C., involving money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent. That trial is scheduled to begin in September.

Trump's tweet Wednesday morning came amid a flurry of messages aimed at his attorney general, Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMcCabe, Rosenstein spar over Russia probe Rosenstein takes fire from Republicans in heated testimony Rosenstein defends Mueller appointment, role on surveillance warrants MORE, as well as Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's special counsel investigation. The Mueller probe has produced the indictments against Manafort and several other former Trump aides.

The president called on Sessions directly Wednesday to end the probe, which has also resulted in dozens of charges for Russian nationals accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential election. The president has dismissed the probe as a "rigged witch hunt."