Trump again calls Russian Federation commotion ‘a big hoax’

Trump again calls Russian Federation commotion ‘a big hoax’

Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrCongress should build upon the ABLE Act, giving more Americans with disabilities access to financial tools Christine Todd Whitman: Trump should step down over Putin press conference GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki MORE (R-N.C.) said Tuesday that there were "sound reasons" behind the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

"These documents affirm that our nation faced a profound counterintelligence threat prior to the 2016 election, and the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation took appropriate steps to investigate whether any US persons were acting as an agent of a foreign power".

The FBI "believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government.to undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election in violation of USA criminal law", the FISA application read. Witch Hunt Rigged, a Scam!'

Though Page has been under intense government scrutiny for two years, he said on Monday that he does not expect to be charged as a covert Russian agent.

Trump on Sunday reacted to the DOJ release by saying on Twitter that the documents showed his campaign was "being illegally spied upon". The dossier was used, in part, as justification for why the Justice Department sought a warrant to surveil Page.

But as PolitiFact reported, Trump's claims were simply false and not supported by the 412-page FISA document.

But Trump went on Monday morning to quote the president of conservative watchdog Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton, who appeared on "Fox and Friends" Monday morning, asserting the FISA warrant was set in place to "target the Trump team". "Hillary Clinton paid people ... they got dirt from Russians to use it against Donald Trump", he added. The surveillance court granted the Justice Department permission to extend its surveillance of Page three times in 2017.




Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said the documents "affirm that our nation faced a profound counterintelligence threat prior to the 2016 election" and that authorities "took appropriate steps".

David Kris, a former assistant attorney general for national security and associate deputy attorney general, wrote in a post for the Lawfare Institute that the page-long footnote dedicated to the potential bias behind the Steele dossier means "there is literally no way the FISA court could have missed it".

Donald Trump's former foreign policy adviser Carter Page says claims he worked on Russia's behalf are "ridiculous".

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. Yet, his claims to the contrary, new documents released by his administration over the weekend still don't bear out Trump's assertions about illegal spying.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders sought to clarify the president's tweet Monday morning by arguing that the president wasn't expressing doubt on the intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation meddled but was instead "referring to the claim that his campaign had anything to do with it".

"The FBI believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government", the warrant says.

The Russian spies who met with Page in 2013 were not overly impressed with him, with Victor Podobnyy calling him "an idiot", but observing that Page, who has billed himself as an energy consultant, "wants to earn lots of money" from Russia's large energy companies, according to a account in Foreign Policy magazine.

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