Sanctions were bait, FISA warrant nabs Flynn
..the FBI applied for a warrant from the foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court over the summer in order to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials. The Fisa court turned down the application asking FBI counter-intelligence investigators to narrow its focus. According to one report, the FBI was finally granted a warrant in October, but that has not been confirmed, and it is not clear whether any warrant led to a full investigation.
The Heat Street report:
“The first [FISA] request, which, sources say, named Trump, was denied back in June, but the second was drawn more narrowly and was granted in October after evidence was presented of a server, possibly related to the Trump campaign, and its alleged links to two banks; [sic] SVB Bank and Russia’s Alfa Bank. While the Times story speaks of metadata, sources suggest that a FISA warrant was granted to look at the full content of emails and other related documents that may concern US persons.
Shortly after the FISA warrants and wiretaps were in place, Then-President Obama initiated a new round of toothless sanctions and expulsions of diplomats. Flynn took the bait. According to several leaks, he assured the diplomat that Trump would drop the sanctions, and to do nothing.
The Next day Putin announced that he wouldn’t respond by expelling diplomats, he would do nothing. This was the final link.
As an aside: If a community organizer outsmarts you in tradecraft, maybe you aren’t National Security Adviser material after all.