FBI Reportedly Got Court Order To Monitor Trump Adviser's Communications

Apr 14, 2017, 10:48
FBI Reportedly Got Court Order To Monitor Trump Adviser's Communications

In the wake of the bombshell that Page was the target of an FBI FISA warrant monitoring his communications to determine if he had been working as a Russian agent, Page attempted to vindicate himself during a "Good Morning America" interview with George Stephanopoulos.

Page claimed that he didn't recall talking about lifting USA sanctions against Russian Federation, but he couldn't recall "every single word" he said.

The FBI obtained a Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant from a judge to spy on Trump adviser Carter Page, according to CNN. (During the late Bush administration, I got something of a kick out of liberals who were on fire because the Bush folks ignored the FISA court.) That being said, unless you're living fulltime in Alex Jonestown, the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation got this warrant, and then got it extended, means that there was something very hinky about Page's relationship with the blinis-and-bullets crowd in Moscow. 'But I would never make any offer, or intimate anything'.

How Page came to be a Trump foreign-policy adviser in the first place remains a point no one on Team Trump has been able to explain. "I have no recollection, and there is nothing specifically that I would have done that would have given people that impression", Page replied.

Page, an oil industry consultant who advised the Trump campaign about foreign policy, said "tons of false evidence" has been published suggesting that he had illicit contact with Russians who were recruiting him as a spy.

"Someone may have brought it up".

Page's role as an advisor to the Trump campaign drew alarm because of his effusive praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his criticism of USA sanctions over Moscow's military intervention in Ukraine.

The warrant sought to investigate Page's ties to both the Trump campaign and the Russian government, both of whom have been accused of cooperating with one another to influence the 2016 US presidential election. The FBI did not respond to requests to comment on the report.

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In a partisan swipe at a now-retired Democratic Senate majority leader, Page placed the blame for his public image problem on 'that dodgy dossier which Senator Harry Reid last August sent to [FBI] Director Comey'.

A former Donald Trump advisor at the eye of a firestorm over alleged ties to Russian Federation by the billionaire businessman's presidential campaign on Wednesday denied any wrongdoing. He told Politico the FISA warrant "shows how low the Clinton/Obama regime went to destroy our democracy and suppress dissidents who did not fully support their failed foreign policy". In March 2016, candidate Trump included Page's name on a "very short list" of his advisers, Entous says.

Page has denied any wrongdoing, and he volunteered to testify before the House Intelligence Committee.

"How can you be sure you didn't talk about that but not sure if you talked about easing of sanctions?"

As Donald Trump's Russian Federation scandal grew more serious late past year, the Republican's team faced all kinds of questions, including whether anyone from the campaign was in communications with Russian Federation ahead of Election Day.

Page has not been accused of any crimes, and it is unclear whether the Justice Department might later seek charges against him or others in connection with Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Carter Page praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and highly criticized US policies almost a month later.

"That would be ridiculous", said Page.