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