Here Are The Carter Page FISA Papers Released By DOJ
- May 16, 2020
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WASHINGTON, DC – The department of Justice has released documents that were once top-secret stemming from the wiretapping of Carter Page, a former campaign adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The documents released Saturday evening include an October 2016 application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to wiretap Page.
The documents were released to The New York Times and other news organizations that filed Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to obtain them. Trump declassified the existence of the documents previously this year.
The heavily redacted document says “the target of this application is Carter W. Page, a U.S. person and an agent of a foreign power,” specifically Russia.
“Carter W. Page knowingly engage in clandestine intelligence activities (other than intelligene gathering activities) for or on behalf of such foreign power, which activities involve or are about to involve a violation of the criminal statutes of the United States, or knowingly conspires with other persons to engage in such activities and, therefore, is an agent of a foreign power,” the document alleged.
The appplication said the FBI believed Page was recruited by the Russian government to unlawfully undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 election.
You can read the document here.
Page flatly denied being an agent of a foreign power when asked by CNN and called allegations he was a Russian agent “ridiculous.”
“It’s beyond words. You’re talking about misleading the courts. It’s just so misleading going through those 400-plus page documents. Where to even begin. It’s literally a complete joke and it only continues. It’s really sad,” he said.
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