Jeff Sessions picked alleged Russian agent Carter Page for Trump's team
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 15, 2017,
Apr 15, 2017, 16:58
The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor Page's communications because the government had reason to believe Page was acting as a Russian agent, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
The FBI obtained a warrant to monitor President Donald Trump's former campaign adviser, Carter Page, last summer on suspicions he knowingly engaged in clandestine intelligence activities on behalf of Moscow, The Washington Post is reporting.
Last month, FBI Director James Comey acknowledged that his agency was investigating whether members of Trump's campaign had colluded with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential election.
The FBI, as well as the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, are investigating whether Russian Federation meddled in the US election a year ago and whether anyone within the Trump campaign coordinating with them in doing so. Despite growing revelations about contact between members of his campaign and the Russians, Donald Trump and his staff repeatedly deny any wrongdoing or collusion.
There have been multiple reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation went to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and attempted to obtain a warrant to surveil members of the Trump campaign suspected of making contact with Russian officials. "It shows how low the Clinton/Obama regime went to destroy our democracy and suppress dissidents who did not fully support their failed foreign policy", Page said.
"Any information I could give is, again, immaterial and all public information", he said during a break in a NY energy conference.
Page has not been charged with any crime, and he vehemently denies all allegations. Trump also identified energy consultant George Papadopoulos, former Defense Department inspector general Joe Schmitz, and retired Gen. Keith Kellogg as members of the new foreign policy team. However, after the school cited his role in the Trump campaign saying he was advertising for him in the speech, Page's alleged ties to Russian Federation came under scrutiny.
Page claims that while he did send several memos to the Trump team and requested meetings, Page himself never personally briefed Trump.
After the Washington Post reported on the FISA warrant, Page told Fox News that he was "excited the truth is coming out". During a March interview on MSNBC, he acknowledged, after persistent questioning from host Chris Hayes, that he met with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. His role was described as "informal".
"I know you want to get out all this information, but then you refuse to answer", an exasperated Tapper noted.
Napolitano argued during his segment that "the FISA court does not issue warrants for individuals", and that there's no way to tell if Page is a target or just caught up in a broader investigation. He was the campaign official who gave final approval to Page's visit to Moscow.
In July, Page traveled to Moscow, where he delivered a speech critical of the United States' policy toward Russian Federation.
Meanwhile, Page refused to comment about who brought him into the Trump campaign to begin with, "because there's always these various conspiracy theories that anyone I work with".
He acknowledged that he met a Russian in NY, and while he did not know the man was an agent at the time, it was later revealed that he was. He said that this included the nature of any connection between persons associated with Trumps campaign and Russian government and also determine the possibility of any collaboration between Russian efforts and the campaign.
The 90-day warrant was renewed a few times, the officials told The Post.