Carter Page reveals many things.

The FBI attested in four separate Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications that Page, an energy consultant, was a foreign agent of the Russian government.

But the redacted documents released Saturday show that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did include in the application that Steele was being paid by an unidentified USA person with the aim of discrediting Trump's campaign. 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 USA intelligence agencies.

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.

Levin also said it was time to abolish the FISA court.


Steele was commissioned by a political intelligence firm, Fusion GPS, to investigate Trump's ties to Russian Federation - a project that was being underwritten by Democrats. "They did not spy on the campaign from anything and everything that I have seen".

The documents involving Page were released to the New York Times and several other media organizations that had filed Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to obtain them.

Page has disputed the contents of the documents and the FBI's argument, telling The Hill that he is "having trouble finding any small bit of this document that rises above complete ignorance and/or insanity". But Trump cast doubt once again in a Sunday tweet, diminishing at least the significance, if not the existence, of the interference and the USA investigation into Russia's actions.

House Intelligence Committee Republicans confirmed in an April report it was Papadopoulos who set the FBI investigation in motion.

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 application notes that Page sent a letter to then-FBI Director James Comey to deny the accusation two days after a news story came out stating that Page was under investigation.

In a subsequent tweet, Trump hit back against the Steele dossier, which alleges the Trump campaign's ties to Russia and that the Russians have compromising information on the now-president.

'I think that's different from spying on a campaign, in fact that the Trump campaign has said on numerous occasions that Carter Page was not a major player in their campaign'.

This is the latest in a series of clarifications on the topic of Russian Federation by the White House over the course of the last seven days since President Trump's summit meeting with Putin where he expressed that he had "confidence in both parties", referring to the United States and Russian Federation.

Trump responded to the top secret documents by claiming his campaign had been "illegally spied upon". By October, they were focusing on Page, who had left the Trump campaign earlier in the year after he, too, had served as a foreign policy aide.


It's also not correct to call the Steele dossier a "Clinton Campaign document".

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