Trump aide's 'Russia ties' alleged in secret U.S. documents

25 July, 2018, 23:11 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
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The New York Times reported that the documents involving former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page were released to the Times and several other media organizations that had filed Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to obtain them.

The FBI has justified its motion alleging that Page "has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government" which allegedly enlisted his services to "undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential election".

A former aide to Donald Trump's presidential campaign has been forced to deny that he worked as an agent for Russian intelligence, following the release of previously classified surveillance applications.

In a Sunday appearance on CNN's "State of the Union," Page called the FISA warrant application "literally a complete joke", and claimed it misled the courts. According to a report from the Washington Post, the other three judges who approved the wiretapping of Page were also appointed Republican presidents - two by George W. Bush and one by Ronald Reagan.

Judicial Watch now is arguing "to date, no transcripts of hearings regarding applications for or renewal of FISA warrants related to Page have been released to the public".

A spokesman for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is now leading the probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, declined to comment on the president's tweets.

The FBI, in its initial application the month before Mr. Trump won the election, said it "believes that the Russian Government's efforts are being coordinated with Page and perhaps other individuals associated with Candidate #1's campaign".

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Graham and another lawmaker, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff, a Democrat, said they still do not know what Trump and Putin said when they met privately in Helsinki last week. Trump tweeted July 23.

The now-released document, however, does disclose that the "U.S. person" who hired Steele "was likely looking for information that could be used to discredit [Trump's] campaign", and added that the Federal Bureau of Investigation believes Steele's reporting "to be credible".

"Actually, that would be a good question for them, Jake, is whether they believe that what they did is appropriate now", Page said.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., pauses to speak with reporters as former FBI lawyer Lisa Page is questioned during a private interview with members of the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight Committee on whether political bias affected the investigations of Hillary Clinton's emails and the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 16, 2018. "It is so bad it screams out at you.' On the whole FISA scam which led to the rigged Mueller Witch Hunt!" Whole sections in the application - detailing the FBI's justification for believing Page was a Russian agent - are blacked out.

At a joint news conference, Trump failed to confront the Russian leader over Moscow's alleged election interference and appeared to side with the Kremlin over US intelligence agencies. "I think he's said it about 1,000 times". Page has vehemently denied the dossier's allegations, and says he has never spoken to Manafort. The affidavits detail Page's connections to Russian Federation, as well as the FBI's reliance on contested Steele dossier to build its case.

"Andrew McCarthy - 'I said this could never happen". It marks the first time in the more than 40-year history of the highly secretive court that underlying documents for a warrant have been released.

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