Federal Bureau of Investigation misled court when it spied on my aide

Blanche Robertson
July 24, 2018

The FBI released documents part of an investigation into whether Page conspired with the Russian government to undermine the 2016 USA election.

US President Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin are pictured ahead of their meeting in Helsinki, on 16 July 2018.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Sunday it was looking more and more like his campaign for the 2016 presidential election had been illegally spied upon.

Donald Trump's former campaign adviser Carter Page has denied he was an intelligence agent for Russian Federation, while lawmakers appeared on the morning political shows to urge the US President to act tougher toward the Kremlin.

Referring to the Page documents, he wrote: "As usual they are ridiculously heavily redacted but confirm with little doubt that the Department of "Justice" and Federal Bureau of Investigation misled the courts".

In response, Tapper quoted from a letter written by Page in August 2013 in which he described himself as having "had the privilege to serve as an informal adviser to the staff of the Kremlin" in preparation for the G-20 summit of the world's leading and emerging economies.

Trump also alluded to the Democratic primaries, which he had previously called rigged in favor of Clinton and against Bernie Sanders: "Ask her how that worked out - she did better with Crazy Bernie".

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy took issue with Mr. Trump's "equivocation" during the press conference, though the president insisted he did a fine job. The warrant's release today, proves that the only reason the Yahoo News article was used in the warrant was to simply show that Carter Page denied cooperation with Russian Federation.

The materials released by the DOJ include an October 2016 application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to wiretap Page as well as several renewal applications, the New York Times reported. Page has vehemently denied the dossier's allegations, and says he has never spoken to Manafort.

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He went on to blast the dossier, calling it "fake" and "dirty" before declaring the investigation headed by special counsel Robert S.

Trump, who insists there was no collusion, repeatedly claims he is the target of a "witch hunt".

The dossier, which was funded by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, served as the first piece of evidence cited to allege Page coordinated with the Russians to influence the election. The dossier was used, in part, as justification for why the Justice Department sought a warrant to surveil Page.

"I've never been an agent of a foreign power by any stretch of the imagination", Page told CNN.

US President Donald Trump called once again Monday for an end to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian Federation interference in the 2016 election, insisting it has been "discredited".

"That's where I would encourage the president to go", Gowdy said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday on CBS News' "Face the Nation" that the FBI's FISA warrant application process "needs to be looked at". Mr. Page has not been charged. White House officials have argued that Page, announced by the president in early 2016 as a foreign policy adviser, played only a minor role in the Trump campaign.

The fact that the FISA application was based on a biased dossier paid for, in part, by the Democratic Party makes it questionable at best to Gowdy and other skeptics.

The application contains a page-length explanation that does alert the court that the person who commissioned Steele's research was "likely looking for information to discredit" Trump's campaign.

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