Trump administration releases Carter Page wiretap documents

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Following a May meeting between President Trump, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and FBI Director Christopher Wray, Inspector General Michael Horowitz investigated possible abuses in the Justice Department's surveillance activities during the 2016 presidential election.

US President Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin are pictured ahead of their meeting in Helsinki, on 16 July 2018.

As Common Dreams reported, the FBI's surveillance of Page became a subject of "partisan sniping" earlier this year when Democrats and the GOP latched onto competing narratives about how Obama's Justice Department obtained permission to wiretap the former Trump campaign adviser.

"Looking more and more like the Trump Campaign for President was illegally being spied upon (surveillance) for the political gain of Crooked Hillary Clinton and the DNC", the angry tweet said. Republicans have criticized the Democratic-funded dossier, while Democrats say the Federal Bureau of Investigation also got Page evidence from other sources.

The FBI released documents on Saturday related to the surveillance of Page as part of an investigation into whether he conspired with the Russian government to undermine the election. "Witch Hunt Rigged, a Scam!"

In the 412 heavily redacted pages of documents, Carter Page is described as an agent of a foreign power.

"The F.B.I. believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government", the application said, which after redactions continued with, "undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 USA presidential election in violation of US criminal law". He also says he has never met Sechin and Diveykin while denying that he is a Russian agent.

"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 USA criminal law".

The documents released include applications and renewal warrants filed in 2017 after Trump took office.

"And: "[Page] has established relationships with Russian government officials, including Russian intelligence officers".

"After a redaction, the Times reported that the application to wiretap Page included a partial sentence: ". undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 USA presidential election in violation of US criminal law".

Steele also alleged in the dossier that Page worked with Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to exchange information with Russian operatives.

Rubio also said Page has "bragged" about his connections to Russian Federation in the past, but became a target for investigators when he joined the Trump campaign in a minor role. The FBI warrants note that Steele released his findings to United States news organizations over admonishment of the FBI, and as a result, the bureau ended its relationship with him.

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