FBI Releases Documents On Suspicions Of Russia Ties By Former Trump Aide

FBI Releases Documents On Suspicions Of Russia Ties By Former Trump Aide

FBI Releases Documents On Suspicions Of Russia Ties By Former Trump Aide

The FBI's applications for FISA warrants against Page were released on Saturday.

"After a redaction, the Times reported that the application to wiretap Page included a partial sentence: ". undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 USA presidential election in violation of US criminal law".

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

On CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Page called the documents a "complete joke" and insisted they overstated his relationships with the Russian government.

Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page ridiculed the idea that he was ever an adviser to the Kremlin, even though in 2013 he himself claimed in a letter to have served as an informal adviser to the Kremlin, helping its staff prepare for a meeting of world leaders.

Trump tweeted Sunday night that President Barack Obama knew about Russian meddling before the 2016 election, but didn't tell the Trump campaign "because it is all a big hoax".

The documents released over the weekend were part of intelligence officials' application for a warrant to the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. This is when Devin Nunes, the head of the House Intelligence Committee and a Republican and a key ally of Mr. Trump, was attacking the Trump-Russia investigation by saying that it was abuse of the FBI surveillance powers to go after the phone and email communications of Mr. Page.

The surveillance of Page became in February the subject of intense rivalry between lawmakers from Trump's Republican Party and their Democratic counterparts.

On Sunday, Rubio, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, disagreed with Trump's conclusion that the Page wiretap was intended as a means of conducting surveillance on the Republican's presidential campaign.

Trump said the Steele dossier "was responsible for starting" Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. As if it's second nature at this point, Trump took issue with the information available within the documents.

Page has categorically denied the accusations, appearing on CNN's State of the Union to proclaim his innocence and restate that he has not been charged with any crime, despite being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for more than two years.

"The only plot here is the plot to interfere in our election by the Russians". "Carter Page was just the foot to surveil the Trump campaign.' ILLEGAL!" "They should drop the discredited Mueller Witch Hunt now!"

"I don't think it's part of any broader plot", Rubio said.

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 us sanctions and potentially discussed the lifting of sanctions if Trump became president. Appearing on CNN on Sunday, Page denied the allegations.

The release of the document is noteworthy as it marks the first public disclosure of a highly sensitive FISA request. The heavily redacted 412-page document was released a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit by the public interest group Judicial Watch. But Clinton's closest aides said they didn't learn about the research until after the election, which is probable considering they never raised the allegations publicly.

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