Carter Page FISA docs released: Flashback ... Levin says 'abolish the FISA court'

Saul Bowman
July 23, 2018

The FBI released documents part of an investigation into whether Page conspired with the Russian government to undermine the 2016 United States election.

Also Sunday, Republican senators Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) urged Trump to take a harder line against Russian President Vladimir Putin, a few days after Trump seemed deferential to Putin after a summit meeting in Helsinki.

It also argues that it was not the dossier and the Page FISA warrant that prompted the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into Russia, but rather an earlier conversation that former President Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos had with an Australian diplomat about alleged Russian dirt on Clinton. "I've never been the agent of a foreign power".

On Sunday morning, Trump described the surveillance on Twitter as being illegal.

The FISA documents were released on Saturday in response to Freedom of Information Act requests by numerous news outlets and advocacy groups.

Trump is not named in the document but identified only as "Candidate #1". "Even in redacted form", Schiff said, "the initial FISA application and three renewals underscore the legitimate concern Federal Bureau of Investigation had about Page's activities as it was investigating Russia's interference; DOJ's transparency with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court about a specific source; and that DOJ followed proper procedures in receiving approval from four different judges".

Responding to the newly released FISA documents on Saturday, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) wrote: "That the FISA materials hurt the GOP narrative is not surprising since Rep. Devin Nunes admitted he never read the source documents on Carter Page. The only plot here is the plot to interfere in our election by the Russians".

Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller this month indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking Democratic political organizations during the 2016 campaign, and releasing troves of stolen information in an attempt to influence the presidential election.

"I don't believe that them looking into Carter Page means they were spying on the campaign".

He added: "To call me an advisor, I think is way over the top", before host Jake Tapper interjected to cite a 2013 letter in which Page called himself "an informal advisor to the staff of the Kremlin".

Steele compiled a dossier that contained salacious information about then-candidate Trump.

In a subsequent tweet, Trump hit back against the Steele dossier, which alleges the Trump campaign's ties to Russia and that the Russians have compromising information on the now-president. The documents, which include an application and a warrant for surveillance of Page, were first filed in secret in October 2016, are blacked out in the version that was made public.

"It was a solid application and renewals signed by four different judges appointed by three different Republican presidents", Schiff said on ABC's "This Week".

Rubio continued: "So they knew who he was before the campaign".

Page believes the FBI's mole, professor Stefan Halper, was secretly spying on him as part of a "politically motivated" investigation of Team Trump, using fake sympathy to gain his trust - all while fishing for dirt on Page's ties to Russian Federation, where he'd worked as an energy consultant.

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