Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump claims 'illegal' spying after warrant papers unveiled

Trump claims 'illegal' spying after warrant papers unveiled

The release was triggered by Freedom of Information Act lawsuits by the New York Times and other news organizations, after President Trump declassified the applications' existence earlier in 2018.

During an interview on Fox News, host Laura Ingraham referred to a section in a Lawfare blog post by David Kris - focusing on the role the infamous Trump dossier written by ex-British spy Christopher Steele played in federal officials convincing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to approve spy warrants on Page for his suspicious ties to Russian Federation - which she said Nunes' critics have often repeated.

The FBI on Saturday released a redacted Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant application against Page, that was originally filed in October 2016.

It's unclear what, if anything, the Justice Department learned by eavesdropping on Page.

Trump campaign associates colluded with Moscow. This is so bad that they should be looking at the judges who signed off on this stuff, not just the people who gave it.

Counterintelligence officers began to look into what was going on.

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The non-redacted portions of the 400-page FISA document make serious claims about Page's ties to the Russian government. Page denied this to CNN.

'I don't think they did anything wrong, ' the Republican senator from Florida said of the FBI's surveillance activities, speaking on Sunday in an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN's State Of The Union.

Tapper asked Page if any Russian government official, at any time in 2016, spoke with him about lifting USA sanctions on Russia, or about compromising material the country claimed to have on Hillary Clinton. They should be confirmed, not for life terms, for given terms. According to Simpson, he was alarmed by what he'd learned.

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Trump's statements on Twitter followed sharp criticism, including from some Republicans, of his meeting in Finland last week with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the Obama administration's response to the Russian hacking, and Obama administration officials have acknowledged they could have - and probably should have - done more to try to counteract the Russians in 2016. "Not about Carter Page.was all about getting Trump...." It includes the spying on all digital communications, such as emails and telephone conversations, as well as access to bank records, and other personal information.

The application notes that Page sent a letter to then-FBI Director James Comey to deny the accusation two days after a news story came out stating that Page was under investigation.

This is where Trump's supporters blow the whistle.

While the documents confirm that the Federal Bureau of Investigation relied, in part, on information from Steele to obtain the initial warrant, they also show how the Federal Bureau of Investigation informed the court of his likely motivation. The Perkins law firm hired Fusion GPS. "However, our findings indicate that, as described below, material and relevant information was omitted".

The FBI released documents on Saturday related to the surveillance of Page as part of an investigation into whether he conspired with the Russian government to undermine the election. Australian officials relayed this information to their American counterparts. DOJ instead used generic identifiers that provided the court with more than sufficient information to understand the political context of Steele's research.

Despite the denials, almost 1 in 5 Republicans still think that Russian Federation does have compromising information on Trump, compared with half of Americans overall. Almost 8 in 10 people who identify themselves as conservative Republicans view the agency favorably, while slightly more than 8 in 10 self-identified liberal Democrats view it unfavorably.

The source appears to be Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the dossier. "In fact, they lead with it in the FISA application", Nunes told Hannity.

House Intelligence Committee chairman weighs in on 'Hannity'. A year later, there was a 14-point gap between the parties, with Democrats much more appreciative than Republicans. But lawmakers from both parties say the documents don't show wrongdoing.

Little of it supports the already shaky foundation laid by Trump and his allies.

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