Carter Page denies being a Russian agent after wiretap application released

Arturo Kim
July 25, 2018

The FBI said it suspected Page had been "collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government".

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr told CNN Tuesday he believed there were "sound reasons" for judges to approve the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant on former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page, in yet another break between the Republican leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees.

"Since the Justice Department does not have possession of any transcripts of hearings related to Page and because such transcripts would provide the public with a complete and unbiased look at the role of this court, Judicial Watch respectfully requests this court make public all transcripts of hearings regarding applications for or renewal of FISA warrants related to Page", the request explains.

King said he also thinks the United States' intelligence agencies and government abused its privilege by using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to obtain the warrant against Page, and that Trump did not have any idea who Page was.

President Trump has jumped aboard another conspiracy theory about the Russian Federation investigation, and the central figure is Carter Page.

Page has constantly denied working as an agent of the Kremlin.

President Donald Trump on Sunday argued the documents support his view that the Justice Department was conducting illegal surveillance on his campaign.

"You talk about misleading the courts, it's just so misleading", Page said about the warrant application in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union with Jake Tapper".

Trump said the Steele dossier "was responsible for starting" Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats who, in a recent Hudson Institute speech warned of Russian cyber attacks saying: "The warning lights are blinking red again".

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

The federal government started looking into Russian election involvement in July 2016 based on information from Papadopoulos.

The Trump administration on Saturday released a set of documents once deemed top secret relating to the wiretapping of a onetime adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

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".

Trump described Page's FISA documents as a scam, "which led to the rigged Mueller Witch Hunt!".

Page has never been charged with a crime and strenuously denies that he was ever a foreign agent.

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

Page has repeatedly denied he made any deals with Russian Federation on behalf of the Trump campaign. As a private consultant, Steele was hired to investigate Trump's ties to Russian Federation as part of opposition research funded by Democrats. Its release marks the first time a FISA application for surveillance has been released, the Washington Post noted, and such documents are considered to be highly classified.

Alleged Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, in which Trump won by electoral college but lost to Clinton by nearly four million popular votes, led to the set-up of the special panel headed by Robert Mueller.

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