Former Trump campaign adviser was working with Russian government, Federal Bureau of Investigation document claims

Justice Dept. releases FISA documents on Carter Page

Justice Dept. releases FISA documents on Carter Page

Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement quoted by the Washington Post that the FISA documents "underscore the legitimate concern [the] Federal Bureau of Investigation had about Page's activities as it was investigating Russia's interference".

As incredible as Rosenstein's obvious conflict of interest is - asking a FISA court to issue surveillance warrants on an American presidential candidate using material provided by his principal opponent without informing the court of this pertinent fact - the role of Strzok, is, if anything, more unbelievable.

In their applications to the highly secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA), investigators said they believed Mr Page had been "collaborating and conspiring" with the Russian government.

By March 2016, Mr Trump had identified Mr Page as one of a handful of campaign foreign policy advisers.

When the House Intelligence Committee released its memo in February, Chairman Devin Nunes wrote to Judge Rosemary M. Collyer, the presiding judge at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, asking for transcripts of "any relevant FISC hearings associated with the initial FISA application or subsequent renewals related to electronic surveillance of Carter Page".

The documents, which include an application and a warrant for surveillance of Page, were first filed in secret in October 2016, are blacked out in the version that was made public. Mr. Trump said Sunday on Twitter.

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"A disgrace to America", Trump's tweet continued, referring to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. "An illegal Scam!" Trump tweeted.

It also caps a week dominated by Trump's extraordinary inaugural summit with Vladimir Putin, at which he seemed to take at face value the Russian leader's denial of election meddling, dismissing the findings of his own intelligence chiefs. The FBI said in the application that Steele wasn't told who had hired him to conduct that work, but that Steele "was likely looking for information that could be used to discredit" Trump's campaign.

Page left the Trump campaign on September 26, 2016, after news reports surfaced that in July, Page had met with Russian oligarchs that were under USA sanctions and potentially discussed the lifting of sanctions if Trump became president. "I also don't believe it proves anything about collusion or anything like that". Page has vehemently denied the dossier's allegations, and says he has never spoken to Manafort.

While Nunes' committee disputed the "tradecraft" behind the United States intelligence community's January 2017 assessment that found Russian President Vladimir Putin was trying to help Donald Trump win, the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a report earlier this month that agreed with the intelligence community's conclusions and took no issue with its tradecraft.

The application notes that Page sent a letter to then-FBI Director James Comey to deny the accusation two days after a news story came out stating that Page was under investigation.

Judicial Watch, a legal watchdog group, was one of several organizations to secure the release of the 412-page FISA court application with a Freedom of Information Act request. "It is so bad it screams out at you.' On the whole FISA scam which led to the rigged Mueller Witch Hunt!" If you suggest that Russians meddled in 2016, he goes to the idea that, 'Well, I didn't collude with them, ' " Graham said. "Court hearing transcripts about these FISA warrants should be released quickly so the public can have full information and accountability for any misuse of FISA warrants to target the Trump team".

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