The FBI obtained a secret court order this past summer to conduct surveillance and monitor communications of Carter Page, an associate of then-candidate Donald Trump.
The agency had presented evidence demonstrating why they had reason to believe Page was acting as a Russian agent. That evidence involved contacts he allegedly had with a Russian intelligence operative in 2013, a case in which Page was never charged.
The Trump aide indicated the reasoning behind the surveillance would be of much greater interest than any Russian narrative the government is seeking.
“It will be interesting to see what comes out when the unjustified basis for those FISA requests are more fully disclosed over time,” Page said.
Via the Washington Post:
The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign, law enforcement and other U.S. officials said.
The FBI and the Justice Department obtained the warrant targeting Carter Page’s communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia, according to the officials.
Page didn’t shy away from this news, telling the AP he was “happy” that the court order had been revealed and declared he had done nothing wrong, only sharing publicly available research documents with the Russian operative during their discussions.
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Page blamed the Obama administration for trying to “suppress dissidents who did not fully support their failed foreign policy.”
“It shows how low the Clinton/Obama regime went to destroy our democracy,” he added.
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