WaPost: FBI Had FISA Warrant to Monitor Trump Adviser Page

The Washington Post Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017 08:44 PM

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The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer on suspicion that Page engaged in intelligence activities on behalf of the Russian government.

The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of Donald Trump adviser Carter Page as part of a probe of possible links between Russia and the Trump campaign, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The FBI and Justice Department convinced a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power – Russia – unnamed law enforcement and federal officials told the Post.

Page has not been accused of any crimes, the Post reported.

During an interview with The Washington Post in March 2016, Trump identified Page, a former investment banker in Moscow, as a foreign policy adviser to the campaign. His role was later described as "informal," the Post reported.

"This confirms all of my suspicions about unjustified, politically motivated government surveillance," Page told the Post. "I have nothing to hide."

The government's application for the surveillance order targeting Page laid out investigators' basis for believing Page was an agent of the Russian government and he knowingly engaged in intelligence activities on behalf of Moscow, the Post reported.

According to the Post, the application cited contacts Page had with a Russian intelligence operative in New York City in 2013. In addition, the application said Page had other contacts with Russian operatives that have not been publicly disclosed, the Post reported.

Page dismissed what he called "the dodgy dossier" of false allegations, the Post reported.

Page is the only American to have had his communications directly targeted with a FISA warrant in 2016 as part of the Russia probe, the Post reported.

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Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy: ‘The Real Second Amendment Isn’t Absolute

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) tweeted Saturday there is a “real” Second Amendment and an “imaginary” one and he believes the real one is “not absolute.”

Murphy, “I support the real 2nd Amendment, not the imaginary 2nd Amendment. And the real 2nd Amendment isn’t absolute.”

The statement was a precursor to his call for banning “assault rifles” in the wake of the Santa Fe High School shooting, even though “assault rifles” were not used in the attack.

Murphy said the “real 2nd Amendment…allows Congress to wake up to reality and ban these assault rifles that are designed for one purpose only – to kill as many people as fast as possible.”

Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) said the Santa Fe High School attackers used a .38 revolver and a shotgun to carry out his heinous acts. Therefore, a ban on “assault rifles” would have done nothing to prevent the attack from occurring or the tragic loss of life from taking place.

It should be noted that Saturday was not the first time Sen. Murphy called the essence of the Second Amendment into question. On August 6, 2013, Breitbart News reported that Murphy told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that “The Second Amendment is not an absolute right, not a God-given right. It has always had conditions upon it like the First Amendment has.”

Murphy did not grapple with the words, “Shall not be infringed.”

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