JW: Documents show Federal Bureau of Investigation deceived secret court in obtaining warrant

Geneva Stokes
July 25, 2018

On July 21, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the Justice Department released the warrant application used to obtain a wiretap on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page starting in October 2016, a month after he parted ways with Trump's team.

Though heavily redacted, the documents show that the infamous and unverified Steele Dossier was a major component of the 2016 surveillance warrant.

President Trump has jumped aboard another conspiracy theory about the Russian Federation investigation, and the central figure is Carter Page. Page "has established relationships with Russian Government officials, including Russian intelligence officers", the surveillance application said.

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

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court issued a warrant to allow the Justice Department to surveil Page in the summer of 2016 based on evidence he was working as a Russian agent. 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. Trump tweeted about the release of the documents early Sunday morning from Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is spending the weekend.

The Russia investigation is ongoing, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller has secured 32 individuals' indictments or guilty pleas thus far.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump was suggesting that the entire notion of Russian interference - USA intelligence agencies unanimously concur it took place and Trump reluctantly accepted their assessment amid the firestorm - was fraudulent, or just the investigation of potential collusion by Trump associates with Russian agents.

"Congratulations to @JudicialWatch and @TomFitton on being successful in getting the Carter Page FISA documents", he tweeted. "No, I've never been an agent of a foreign power by any stretch of the imagination".

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"The only plot here is the plot to interfere in our election by the Russians".

The FISA applications released on Saturday, however, cite the dossier as the source for the first piece of evidence laying out the allegations against Page, The Daily Caller reported.

When did Carter Page leave the Trump campaign?

President Trump on Sunday said he had a "great" meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and said his campaign was "illegally spied upon" in 2016, putting him at odds with a senator in his own party.

Some Republican lawmakers have contended that the Federal Bureau of Investigation made serious missteps when it sought a warrant to monitor Page in October 2016 shortly after he left the Trump campaign. "I also don't believe it proves anything about collusion", Rubio said. "It is so bad it screams out at you.' On the whole FISA scam which led to the rigged Mueller Witch Hunt!"

Page has repeatedly denied he made any deals with Russian Federation on behalf of the Trump campaign.

Mr Page is an energy industry consultant with longstanding ties to Russian Federation.

"He never met or spoke with him", said King. The documents show the warrant applications were submitted and approved at least through June 2017, with the June 2017 application signed by FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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