Trump claims 'illegal' spying after warrant papers unveiled

23 July, 2018, 05:40 | Author: Carlos George
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The president had to walk back some of his comments upon returning to the U.S.

Page himself ducked questions about what, exactly, his connections to Russian Federation had been.

"I've never been anywhere near what's being described here" in the released documents, Page said. "There was nothing in terms of nefarious behaviour", he said.

Gowdy also was critical of Trump's post-summit news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying "there was this equivocation during the press conference that I'm glad [Trump] corrected it, but when you are the leader of the free world, every syllable matters and you really shouldn't be having to correct it..."

Rubio also echoed Graham's urges when he pushed a new bill that would impose sanctions on Russian Federation if they interfere in future elections.

In a subsequent message, Trump suggested his 2016 presidential campaign has been under unlawful surveillance orchestrated by his Democratic contender.

"The president gets this confused". The suit came after Trump claimed the Obama administration "wire-tapped" Trump Tower before the election. "It could be some other power", meaning that Republicans might be hurt, instead of helped.

The release of the document is noteworthy as it marks the first public disclosure of a highly sensitive FISA request.

Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller this month indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking Democratic political organizations during the 2016 campaign, and releasing troves of stolen information in an attempt to influence the presidential election.

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"This is ridiculous it's just beyond words, ' he said on CNN's 'State of the Union" Sunday morning.

The new documents about the wiretap on Page seemed to be at the top of the president's mind. Ask her how that worked out - she did better with Crazy Bernie.

Graham insisted that the surveillance was "not at all" justified. "No, not at all, in my view. No such application materials had apparently become public in the 40 years since Congress enacted that law".

Page believes the FBI's mole, professor Stefan Halper, was secretly spying on him as part of a "politically motivated" investigation of Team Trump, using fake sympathy to gain his trust - all while fishing for dirt on Page's ties to Russian Federation, where he'd worked as an energy consultant.

The FBI cites "Source #1" for that information; that refers to former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele. The FBI also disclosed that his work was on behalf of a client who was likely looking for politically damaging information about Trump. After a redaction, the October 2016 application continues with "undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election in violation of United States criminal law".

"What I think is indisputable is that they did interfere and they will do so in the future", Rubio said. It means that the Federal Bureau of Investigation presented unverified campaign opposition research to FISA court judges to spy on Page, and the judges signed off on the applications.

"The FBI gave the court enough information to evaluate Steele's credibility", Kris wrote, also noting that the judges who signed off on the FISA applications were all appointed by Republican presidents.

"Here's what we will never know", Gowdy continued. He also denied the possibility that Russian Federation tried to recruit him, and downplayed his previous role advising the Kremlin in 2013.


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