Trump says it's looking ever more like his campaign spied upon illegally

26 July, 2018, 17:03 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Justice Dept. releases FISA documents on Carter Page

The dossier was used, in part, as justification for why the Justice Department sought a warrant to surveil Page.

Yet some Democrats and others critical of the president are arguing that the redacted portions of the released applications show that there was other information - besides the dossier, news reports, and Page's previous background - that warranted surveillance.

That's not what the documents show, though.

The president in his tweets also quoted Tom Fitton, president of conservative watchdog Judicial Watch, which obtained the documents under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Page told CNN on Sunday he was never an agent of a foreign power, and that the documents overstated his ties to Russian Federation.

A FISA warrant allows for wiretapping a "foreign power or an agent of a foreign power".

Conservative critics of special counsel Robert Mueller have argued that the FISA warrant is tainted - based on the opposition research dossier on Trump and Russian Federation that was paid for by Democrats - and that because the FISA warrant helped launch the FBI investigation into Trump and Russian Federation, the whole investigation is tainted.

David Kris is a founder of Culper Partners consulting firm and the former assistant attorney general for national security. House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican who has been locked in his own fight with the Justice Department over documents, made an argument similar to Nunes' on Sunday but mentioned that he's read what's contained in most of the redactions.

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The documents released over the weekend were part of officials' application for a warrant to the secretive foreign intelligence surveillance court. "Witch Hunt Rigged, a Scam!"

"A Rocket has not been launched by North Korea in 9 months", Trump tweeted.

On Sunday, Mr Page said on CNN's State Of The Union: "I've never been the agent of a foreign power". Page's surveillance warrant was also approved three times by Republican-appointed judges.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, says Page's role is being exaggerated.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who is the ranking member of the House intelligence committee, said the documents underscore the "legitimate concern" the Federal Bureau of Investigation had about Page's activities.

"I have a different view on this issue than the president and the White House", Rubio said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation".

Both sides of the Trump-Russia debate see the recently released application for a FISA warrant against a former Trump campaign figure as confirming their previously held opinions on the matter. Page has not been charged. "There was no contact at all ever between Carter Page and candidate Trump or President Trump, and there was absolutely minimal contact between Carter page and the campaign committee. he had no influence on the campaign whatsoever". The 400 page warrant is heavily redacted and marks the first public disclosure of a highly sensitive FISA request. This means that new information was nearly certainly being acquired and presented to the surveillance court, most likely through the wiretapping but perhaps from other sources.

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