This means that Trump most likely was recorded during conversations with Manafort:
US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe.
The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.
The government is probably trying to ‘flip’ the president’s former aide. This portends very badly for Donald:
Prosecutors on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team reportedly told former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort that they planned to indict him when they picked his lock and raided his Virginia home in July.
The warning, allegedly a shock-and-awe tactic, came as federal agents combed through Manafort’s computer files, documents and any other potential pieces of evidence that could help them in their federal investigation, The New York Times reported Monday, citing two people close to the investigation.
Robert Mueller is also interested in turning another Trump aide in his case obstruction of justice case against the president:
McGahn came under scrutiny earlier this month when The New York Times reported that he had blocked Trump from sending a letter to Comey outlining his reasons for wanting him fired.
Longtime federal prosecutor-turned defense attorney Renato Mariotti noted that at the time that that letter — which reportedly referenced Trump’s displeasure with Comey’s handling of the Russia probe — and McGahn’s subsequent pushback could prove pivotal for Mueller’s obstruction case.
Mariotti also noted that, if McGahn were called to testify before a federal grand jury, his conversations with Trump would not be protected by attorney-client privilege (a federal appeals court ruled in 1998, at the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, that there was no attorney-client privilege between a government lawyer and a government employee as it related to a grand-jury inquiry).
Now it appears that Mueller will look to McGahn for answers as to why Trump crafted a misleading statement about his son’s meeting with two Russians — a lawyer and a lobbyist — at Trump Tower last June. That detail, revealed by the Times, appears to be the first indication that Mueller is interested in hearing from McGahn about something other than his alleged role in creating a legal justification for Trump to fire Comey.