'Witch hunt rigged, a scam!' Trump claims wiretapping documents 'confirm' misconduct

'Witch hunt rigged, a scam!' Trump claims wiretapping documents 'confirm' misconduct

'Witch hunt rigged, a scam!' Trump claims wiretapping documents 'confirm' misconduct

The October, 2016 application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court named Carter Page, a former foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign, according to the documents published late Saturday by The New York Times.

Burr steered clear of the original controversy over the Nunes memo earlier this year, and the effort from House Republicans to make public the classified material contained in the FISA warrant application on Page. After a redacted line, the document then continues, "undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election in violation of USA criminal law".

By March 2016, Mr Trump had identified Mr Page as one of a handful of campaign foreign policy advisers. While the documents do not advance the Democratic Party narrative that Carter Page did anything illegal, nor that then-presidential candidate Donald Trump "colluded" with the Russians to alter the outcome of the 2016 election, they may pose a problem for Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and partisan Democrat Peter Strzok.

He distanced himself from the Trump campaign in September 2016 while under scrutiny.

The documents were part of officials' application for a warrant to the secretive foreign intelligence surveillance court, which signed off on surveilling Page. Page's surveillance warrant was also approved three times by Republican-appointed judges.

On Sunday, Rubio, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, disagreed with Trump's conclusion that the Page wiretap was intended as a means of conducting surveillance on the Republican's presidential campaign.

The Russia investigation is ongoing, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller has secured 32 individuals' indictments or guilty pleas thus far.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats who, in a recent Hudson Institute speech warned of Russian cyber attacks saying: "The warning lights are blinking red again". On Sunday, he told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union", "I've never been an agent of a foreign power by any stretch of the imagination".

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Donald Trump seized on the release of the Fisa application over the weekend, taking the opportunity to accuse his own government of serious malpractice.

The DOJ released documents on Saturday that were used to justify the surveillance of Page. "Carter Page was just the foot to surveil the Trump campaign.' ILLEGAL!"

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

There are a lot of redactions that obscure Page's ties to Russian government officials, intelligence officers, and business owners, but there's enough left out in the open to draw some inferences.

"I don't think they did anything wrong", he said. Appearing on CNN on Sunday, Page denied the allegations.

While Page's business relationships inside Russian Federation were cited as a reason to investigate him, he has never been charged with anything. "Court hearing transcripts about these FISA warrants should be released quickly so the public can have full information and accountability for any misuse of FISA warrants to target the Trump team".

Trump described Page's FISA documents as a scam, "which led to the rigged Mueller Witch Hunt!".

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said it took a year to receive the documents they had requested under FOIA.

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