Carter Page Refuses To Disclose Who Brought Him Onto Trump Campaign
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 21:09
The FBI and Justice Department obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to monitor the communications of Page, who has called himself a junior member of Trump's foreign policy advisory team, as part of their investigation into possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation, the newspaper says, citing unnamed law enforcement and other United States officials.
A member of the Trump campaign's foreign policy group, Page is said to be the only American to be targeted by a FISA warrant in 2016 as part of the US authorities investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election.
"This is such a joke that it's beyond words", Page said of the news, which broke Tuesday in the Washington Post, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had obtained a FISA warrant to listen in on his phone conversations.
Page has denounced any surveillance directed against him as politically motivated, even while Washington has in recent months been thick with rumors about who among Trump's inner circle may have been targeted for surveillance under FISA. Officials said the application cited contacts Page had with a Russian intelligence operative in New York City in 2013.
The Post's report also said Page submitted policy memos to the campaign and several times asked to meet with Trump, but that request was never granted.
"There is a tremendous amount of false evidence, and there was various reporting about where that false evidence may have [come from] such as the dodgy dossier", Page said, in reference to a widely disputed document circulated past year that contained salacious allegations about the Trump team and was compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele. But the information obtained through the intercepts can be used to open a criminal investigation and may be used in a prosecution.
According to FBI Director Jim Comey, there is an ongoing FBI investigation into whether Trump associates colluded with Russian Federation in their efforts to interfere with the presidential election.
Mr Page told the Post he had "nothing to hide".
Sessions, while working with the Trump campaign, had met with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak.
By January, eventual White House press secretary Sean Spicer would claim that 'Carter Page is an individual whom the president-elect does not know and was put on notice months ago by the campaign'.
The court first issued a 90-day warrant, which was subsequently renewed, the Post reported. These revelations continue to add to the free flow of officials and information between the Trump campaign and elements of the Russian government, and that government's attempt to influence the American election.
In any case, I don't view surveillance of Page's conversations as the tapping of the wires of the person he talked with.
Shortly after Trump secured the Republican Party's presidential nomination, though, experts in foreign policy circles began to express concerns about Page's pro-Russia rhetoric, saying he had "little real understanding about U.S. -Russia relations" and "may be compromised by his investment in Russian energy giant Gazprom", which has always been controlled by Vladimir Putin's Kremlin.
The judges who rule on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act requests oversee the nation's most sensitive national security cases, and their warrants are some of the most closely guarded secrets in the world of USA law enforcement and intelligence gathering.
Page denied on Wednesday that he was a foreign agent, and said the report, if true, was a "real game changer".
It was unclear, however, whether Page's "he" referred to Clovis or someone else.