Representatives Meadows, Pelosi Respond to Release of Carter Page FISA Documents

President Donald Trump's administration remains under scrutiny over potential ties between his associates and Russia in the run-up to the presidential election

The 400 page warrant is heavily redacted and marks the first public disclosure of a highly sensitive FISA request.

The newly released documents say that intelligence officials believed Page may have been targeted for recruitment by the Russian government in their efforts to interfere in the USA presidential election.

Page left the Trump campaign on September 26, 2016, after news reports surfaced that in July, Page had met with Russian oligarchs that were under USA sanctions and potentially discussed the lifting of sanctions if Trump became president.

"The F.B.I. believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government".

Nunes went on to slam the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, claiming the collusion occurred on the Democratic Party's side.

The FBI's applications for FISA warrants against Page were released on Saturday. But that's because the FISA documents are written in such a way that identities of people or institutions are left out under a process called "minimization", which seeks to keep other Americans out of the warrant. The dossier, which was opposition research funded by the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign, contains salacious allegations against Trump. ". I don't believe that them looking into Carter Page means they were spying on the campaign".

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The documents were released after several news organizations filed Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to obtain them.

At the news conference with Putin in Helsinki, Trump said he had no reason to believe that Russian Federation "would" interfere in the election.

The application says that a significant objective of the request is to "collect foreign intelligence information as part of the FBI's investigation of this target".

"Now we can see that the footnote disclosing Steele's possible bias takes up more than a full page in the applications, so there is literally no way the FISA Court could have missed it". It cited Page's relationships with Russian government officials and Russian intelligence as reason.

In a subsequent tweet, Trump hit back against the Steele dossier, which alleges the Trump campaign's ties to Russia and that the Russians have compromising information on the now-president.

"I've never been an agent of a foreign power by any stretch of the imagination", Page told CNN.

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"It was a solid application and renewals signed by four different judges, appointed by three different Republican presidents", said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

But as PolitiFact reported, Trump's claims were simply false and not supported by the 412-page FISA document. The documents, available online after media outlets sued for their release, actually suggest the opposite.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) made his main takeaways on the release of the Carter Page FISA warrants known on Monday, saying that the heavily-redacted documents confirm that the "Dossier wasn't credible, [the] Federal Bureau of Investigation didn't tell the Court the Clinton was paying for Dossier, [Christopher] Steele was leaking".

"Why not just say, 'This document was paid for [by] the Clinton campaign?' Just come out with it straight and tell the court?"

Trump responded to the documents Sunday morning, relying on his claim of "witch hunt" to describe the investigation into his campaign.

Trump was personally warned in August 2016 by senior United States intelligence officials that foreign adversaries - including Russian Federation - would likely attempt to infiltrate his team or gather intelligence about his campaign, CNN has reported previously.

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