FBI obtained court order to monitor ex-Trump adviser in Russia probe
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 12, 2017,
Apr 12, 2017, 6:35
Page is the only American to have had his communications directly targeted with a FISA warrant in 2016 as part of the Russian Federation probe, the Post reported.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday the application to a special court to monitor Carter Page was part of the investigation into potential links between the Republican's presidential campaign and Russian Federation. Officials said that the application also stated Page had other contacts with Russian agents that have not been made public.
Trump identified Page as a foreign policy adviser in the spring of 2016 to the Post, but campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks later told the paper that Page had an "informal" role.
The Washington Post reported on Tuesday evening that the warrant was obtained after a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge ruled that there was probable cause to believe that he was acting as an agent of a foreign power.
FBI Director James Comey revealed during a hearing last month in front of the House Intelligence Committee that the FBI had begun an investigation last July into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections, including whether there were any links with the Trump campaign.
Moscow has repeatedly denied any involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, or untoward connections with the Trump team.
Page reportedly was the only US citizen that the government directly surveilled in 2016 through a FISA warrant as part of the government's Russian Federation probe. According to court documents filed earlier this month in connection with a separate espionage case, the Russian tried to recruit Page as an intelligence source.
While there, Page allegedly met with Igor Sechin, a Putin confidant and chief executive of the energy company Rosneft, according to a dossier compiled by a former British intelligence officer. He was not charged as part of that case.
"This confirms all of my suspicions about unjustified, politically motivated government surveillance", Page told the Post.
The FISA court and its orders are highly secretive. Though the standard is a high bar to meet, applications are hardly ever denied.
Page dismissed what he called "the dodgy dossier" of false allegations, the Post reported.
Page himself told PBS NewsHour in February that he was a "junior member of the [Trump] campaign's foreign policy advisory group".
Former Trump campaign national security advisor Carter Page was on the FBI's radar over the summer.