FBI Had July 2016 Warrant To Spy On Trump Adviser

"I was so happy to hear that further confirmation is now being revealed".

In a statement to Reuters, Page said the court order was evidence that the administration of former president Barack Obama wanted to "suppress dissidents" who opposed its foreign policy. The Post reported that a 90-day warrant had been issued for Page earlier and it has been renewed several times by the FISA court.

Page has consistently denied any wrongdoings in deals with Russian Federation or Trumps campaign.

Carter Page, an adviser to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump whose communications were reportedly monitored under an FBI-obtained court order, denied Wednesday that he'd worked for the Russians.

The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, part of an investigation into possible links between Russian Federation and the campaign, law enforcement and other us officials said.

Information for this article was contributed by Rosalind S. Helderman of The Washington Post. Most such investigations don't result in criminal charges.

The FBI investigation into the Trump camp's contacts with Russian Federation began in July.

Officials declined to mention any names or disclose their identity because they were not authorized to discuss details of any probe involving counterintelligence investigations.

Carter Page was a member of the campaign team, acting as a foreign analyst for Russian matters. More recently, President Trump and his associates have been downplaying Page's role in the campaign.

"This confirms all of my suspicions about unjustified, politically motivated government surveillance", Page said in an interview Tuesday.

The FBI first began looking into Page in 2013, after he met with a Russian spy. Reports indicate that Federal Bureau of Investigation officials have reason to believe Page engaged in intelligence activities on Russia's behalf, though Page has dismissed the development as a "a joke that it's beyond words".

Page also met with a Russian intelligence operative in 2013 and provided him documents about the energy industry, according to court documents from a 2015 prosecution alleging a Cold War-style spy ring in NY.

At about that time Page was separated from the Trump campaign, said Stephanopoulos, and shortly after that, the FISA court granted the warrant, said Stephanopoulos, asking if Page had any contact with Trump or the campaign since that time.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that state-sponsored Russian hackers were responsible for the hacks, which drove public opinion downward about both the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Approval of a FISA warrant, according to John Carlin, the former assistant attorney general for national security and an ABC News contributor, requires extensive evidence. The official noted that despite the scrutiny and surveillance the fact that there is still no hard evidence of collusion is significant. But Trump said at a White House news conference in February that he doesn't think he ever met Page.

Manafort didn't deny receiving the payments, but he said any payments made to his company via wire transfer were legitimate compensation for political consulting.



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