Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump tweets it looks like his campaign spied upon illegally

Trump tweets it looks like his campaign spied upon illegally

The highly-redacted documents also indicate that the Federal Bureau of Investigation 'believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election in violation of USA criminal law'.

Trump spent days trying to reassure the country that he accepts that the longtime foe interfered in the 2016 election after his public undermining of US intelligence agencies in Helsinki while standing alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In a follow-up tweet, Trump added: "Looking more & more like the Trump Campaign for President was illegally being spied upon (surveillance) for the political gain of Crooked Hillary Clinton and the DNC".

In their applications to the highly secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA), investigators said they believed Mr Page had been "collaborating and conspiring" with the Russian government.

"Well let's see what they are referring to specifically", Page answered. Among the evidence presented was a controversial dossier compiled in 2016 by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.

Page served as a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign before he came under scrutiny for a trip to Moscow, where he interacted with a senior Russian government official. 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. Page has vehemently denied the dossier's allegations, and says he has never spoken to Manafort. In each of those applications, the department said it was providing the court updated information about its investigation, but those details were largely omitted from the materials released Saturday.

Six days after Trump's meeting with Putin, both Graham and Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said they still do not know what Trump and Putin said when they met privately in Helsinki last week.

Over 400 pages of documents related to the FISA court warrant applications to surveil former Trump campaign operative Carter Page have been released.

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It also caps a week dominated by Trump's extraordinary inaugural summit with Vladimir Putin, at which he seemed to take at face value the Russian leader's denial of election meddling, dismissing the findings of his own intelligence chiefs.

The application says that a significant objective of the request is to "collect foreign intelligence information as part of the FBI's investigation of this target".

Four federal judges, all appointed by Republican presidents, approved the surveillance requests, each finding the government had shown "probable cause" that Page was acting as an agent of Russian Federation.

Gowdy, speaking on "Fox News Sunday", dismissed Trump's connection to Page, said he is "more like Inspector Gadget than he is Jason Bourne or James Bond".

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Gowdy encouraged Trump to recognize that "it is possible to conclude that Russian Federation interfered with us and it still does not delegitimize your presidency". "They never told the court that he was a paid operative in the Democratic Party", Graham said. "I think they went to the court, they got the judges to approve it, they laid out all the information, and there was a lot of reasons unrelated to the dossier for why they wanted to look at Carter Page, and Carter Page was not a key member of the Trump campaign".

"I don't think it's part of any broader plot", Rubio said.

A judge approved the initial wiretapping application, which was renewed three times by other judges, The New York Times said.

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