Federal Bureau of Investigation used Trump dossier to justify monitoring of ex-aide

Phillip Butler
April 23, 2017

"U.S. officials tell CNN that previous year the Federal Bureau of Investigation used a dossier of allegations of Russian ties to Donald Trump's campaign as part of the justification to get approval to secretly monitor Trump associate Carter Page", Even Perez reported.

The FBI doesn't know if the Trump advisers were aware that they were being used, but the larger issue becomes was the Trump campaign compromised?

Page admitted to BuzzFeed News earlier this month that he met with an undercover Russian spy in 2013.

Page disputes the idea he has ever collected intelligence for the Russians, saying he helped the USA intelligence community.

The July trip triggered the ongoing USA intelligence investigation into alleged ties between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.

Current and former law enforcement officials said that when the FBI opened its investigation, agents were just beginning to explore whether Trump's advisers had contacts with Russian officials or intelligence operatives.

CNN reported: "Comey's briefings to lawmakers stand in contrast to efforts in recent months by the bureau and USA intelligence agencies to try to distance themselves from the dossier".

Page was recently identified as the target of a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant for monitoring because of actions he took that made intelligence officials suspicious that he might be colluding with the Russians.

Page's appearance comes one day after CNN reported that Russian Federation tried to infiltrate the Trump campaign through some of its advisors, including Page.

In response, Trump's adviser explained that he did not know that the man was a Russian agent living in NY.

But last week he acknowledged in a statement that he "shared basic immaterial information and publicly available research documents" with Russian spy Victor Podobnyy.

It was also revealed on Sunday that Trump's lawyer, Don McGahn, told Page to "immediately cease" calling himself an adviser, as Russian Federation concerns intensified following the election, according to a letter obtained by Fox News.

"I was never - nothing I was ever asked to do, or no information I was ever asked for, was anything beyond what you could see on CNN", Page said.

"Washington and other Western capitals have impeded potential progress through their often hypocritical focus on ideas such as democratization, inequality, corruption and regime change", Page told the gathered audience.

Carter Page speaking in Moscow, July 7, 2016. And according to CNN's sources, Trump and Page hadn't even met when Trump named Page as one of his national security advisers in March 2016. Trump mentioned Page, in part because he had a Ph.D. listed next to his name, the official said. "With your backs against the wall and the pundits - good old pundits, boy they're wrong a lot, aren't they - saying you couldn't do it. you pulled off the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time", Trump said, per the New York Daily News.

The House and Senate intelligence committees are investigating Russian meddling in the election.

The first lawsuit, filed Wednesday, demands proof to back Trump's explosive charge, initially made on Twitter on March 4, that his predecessor had wiretapped Trump Tower past year.

Page has repeatedly denied any intentional involvement in Russia's meddling efforts. It also alleges Page discussed sanctions and business opportunities with the Russian officials.

The FBI had Page on its radar for at least four years, according to court documents and United States officials.

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