FBI Was Investigating Trump Advisers; Now There's a Name
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 14, 2017,
Apr 14, 2017, 13:36
NY business consultant Carter Page told ABC News that he was "so happy" to learn that The Washington Post reported on Tuesday night that the FBI obtained a secret FISA warrant to monitor his communication last summer as part of its ongoing investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government because it confirms that he had been the victim of "human rights violations". This was after convincing a Judge from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, of the possibility of a reason to believe Page was playing the role of an agent to a foreign power, who is Russian Federation in this case.
It remains unknown whether the Justice Department will seek to charge Page or any others in connection to Russia's campaign to influence the 2016 presidential campaign.
The campaign adviser said Page participated in three dinners held for the campaign's volunteer foreign policy advisers in the spring and summer of 2016, coming from NY to Washington to meet with the group.
"I have nothing to hide", said Page, who in February described himself as a "junior member" of the Trump campaign.
"This confirms all of my suspicions about unjustified, politically motivated government surveillance".
According to Fox News, contact Page had with a Russian operative who tried to recruit him as an intelligence source in 2013 was enough to get the government's application for the FISA warrant approved.
The FBI reportedly believed Page was in contact with Russian officials a year ago, inspiring the bureau to obtain a FISA warrant against him while probing possible ties between Moscow and Trump's campaign. (During the late Bush administration, I got something of a kick out of liberals who were on fire because the Bush folks ignored the FISA court.) That being said, unless you're living fulltime in Alex Jonestown, the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation got this warrant, and then got it extended, means that there was something very hinky about Page's relationship with the blinis-and-bullets crowd in Moscow.
An ongoing investigation still is trying to determine whether Trump's campaign worked with the Russians to help the businessman turned reality TV star defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the November election.
FBI Director James Comey has acknowledged that an investigation was opened a year ago into Russia's efforts to influence the election and the question of whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin.
Though FISA warrants are hard to obtain and numerous judges on the court are Republican appointees, Page went even further, comparing his situation to the FBI's surveillance of Martin Luther King Jr.
In a letter to Comey in September, Page had said he had sold his Gazprom investment.
In a statement to Reuters on Tuesday, Page said the court order was evidence that the administration of former President Barack Obama wanted to "suppress dissidents" who opposed its foreign policy.
Carter Page is a 1993 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.
"A distraction, to be sure, and one that has not endeared him to many, including his Russian friends", says one White House insider. Officials said the 90-day warrant has been renewed by the FISA court a few times, but it's unclear if Carter is still under surveillance. Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his informal adviser Roger Stone, and former national security adviser Michael Flynn are all reportedly central figures in the investigation.
Page has constantly denied the allegations during media interviews and said he did not work with the Russians to influence the presidential elections. Page asserts the document's claims that he met with Igor Sechin, a confidant to Russian President Vladimir Putin, are false.