Nunes says memo has been 'totally vindicated' after DOJ released FISA documents

Carter Page

Trump tweeted about the release of the documents early Sunday morning from Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is spending the weekend.

Republicans have argued that the warrants show the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department were biased against the Trump campaign.

The president was responding to the Justice Department's Saturday release of documents related to the wiretapping of Page. Steele also alleged that Page worked with Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to collude with the Russian government.

The FBI noted stories published in US media that confirmed Page's two meetings and revealed candidate Trump's softening stance on Russian Federation.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that Trump was "obviously" referring to allegations of collusion between his presidential campaign and Russian agents. The FBI said it believed Steele's work to be "credible".

However, Page declined to directly answer direct questions over relationships he had with Russian officials four times during the interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, and would not elaborate on a letter he wrote in August 2013, obtained by Time Magazine, in which he referred to himself as an "informal adviser to the Kremlin".

"The FBI believes that Page has been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government", the document adds lower down. Hardly wasting a moment, the president claimed that the documents "discredited [the] Mueller Witch Hunt" and proved that the whole case against him - and Page - was a hoax.

Conservative critics of special counsel Robert Mueller have argued that the FISA warrant is tainted - based on the opposition research dossier on Trump and Russian Federation that was paid for by Democrats - and that because the FISA warrant helped launch the FBI investigation into Trump and Russian Federation, the whole investigation is tainted. The court - established under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 - is meant to examine applications by the USA government for approval of surveillance for "foreign intelligence purposes".

"The FBI believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government", the initial FBI application says before it is blacked out and continues: "undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in violation of United States criminal law".

The FBI could not have verified the accuracy of a dossier used to obtain a warrant to surveil a former campaign aide because they don't know who the Russian agents were that supplied the information, Rep. Pete King said Tuesday. "There are only a few redactions in the document that I reviewed", Goodlatte said Sunday on Fox News. "They did not spy on the campaign from anything and everything that I have seen".

The request to wiretap Page noted that the resulting information could produce evidence of crimes.

"When I was there in July 2016, a few people might have brought it up in passing, but again, it's a major economic issue, so there may have been a loose conversation", Page said of the sanctions. "There was no contact at all ever between Carter Page and candidate Trump or President Trump, and there was absolutely minimal contact between Carter page and the campaign committee. he had no influence on the campaign whatsoever".

The more than 400-page document released Saturday, which includes the initial October 2016 FISA warrant on Page and three subsequent renewals, is heavily redacted. 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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