Washington Post: FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor Trump adviser Carter Page


FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor Trump adviser Carter Page

April 11, 2017

The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign, law enforcement and other U.S. officials said.

The FBI and the Justice Department obtained the warrant targeting Carter Page’s communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia, according to the officials.

This is the clearest evidence so far that the FBI had reason to believe during the 2016 presidential campaign that a Trump campaign adviser was in touch with Russian agents. Such contacts are now at the center of an investigation into whether the campaign coordinated with the Russian government to swing the election in Trump’s favor.

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. The counterintelligence investigation into Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections began in July, officials have said. Most such investigations don’t result in criminal charges.

The officials spoke about the court order on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details of a counterintelligence probe.

During an interview with the Washington Post editorial page staff in March 2016, Trump identified Page, who had previously been an investment banker in Moscow, as a foreign policy adviser to his campaign. Campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks later described Page’s role as “informal.”

Page has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in his dealings with the Trump campaign or Russia.

“This confirms all of my suspicions about unjustified, politically motivated government surveillance,” Page said in an interview Tuesday. “I have nothing to hide.” He compared surveillance of him to the eavesdropping that the FBI and Justice Department conducted against civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.



April 12, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Barack Obama, Donald Trump.

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  1. poetopoet replied:

    President Donald Trump’s “Clarion Call” to “Drain the Swamp” started with his appointment of Senator Jeff Sessions, as the new U. S. Attorney General, to be known by some as “Jeff” the Roto-Rooter Man.”
    Because, you have to unclog the drain first, so President Trump called upon Senator Jeff Sessions, not the EPA, to root-out the swamps, to clear the lines of lie’s clogging things up, that spew into and out of the Potomac Swamp.
    “Call Roto-Rooter, that’s the name, and away go troubles down the drain.” Catchy!
    President Trump’s Roto-Rooter Man “Jeff Sessions”, who started draining the swamp in his home state of Alabama; first, ousted one of the “Good Old Boys”, Alabama’s RINO Governor Robert Bentley. Who has resigned in disgrace and soon to be extinct, as all fake RINO plutocrats, along with their democratic Susan Rice operative type liars and other demonic-rats infesting the swamps of government, who churn out their Coup-D’etat, against President Trump, that are already falling under President Trump’s Coup-De-Gras, nonstop picnic, busted!
    Now, away, away they go, down the drain, one by one, two by two rooted out, by Jeff Sessions, giving new meaning to the Main Stream Media’s affluent discharge treatment.

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