Carter Page denies being a Russian agent after wiretap application released

Little doubt’ FBI & DOJ misled courts in Carter Page probe – Trump on FISA files

Democrats also argue the FBI's interest in Page predated its knowledge of the opposition research dossier and say it was not the dossier and the Page FISA warrant that prompted the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into Russia, but rather an earlier conversation that former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos had with an Australian diplomat about alleged Russian dirt on Clinton.

President Donald Trump on Sunday baselessly asserted that the newly-released, highly-redacted Federal Bureau of Investigation application to surveil a former campaign foreign policy adviser, Carter Page, "confirm [s] with little doubt that the Department of "Justice" and Federal Bureau of Investigation misled the courts".

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The charges form part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into United States intelligence findings that Russians conspired to tilt the election in Mr Trump's favour, and whether any of his campaign aides colluded.

The agency further claims that Page did "knowingly engage in clandestine intelligence activities...for or on behalf of such foreign power" noting that it believes the Russian government "coordinated with Page and perhaps other individuals associated with Candidate #1's [Trump's] campaign".

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Sunday that it was looking more and more like his presidential campaign was illegally spied upon.

The 412 pages, mostly heavily redacted, included surveillance applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and warrants surrounding the investigation into Page. The FBI cited it as part of Page's surveillance application, disclosing that the person who hired Steele to compile it likely wanted to "discredit" Trump's presidential campaign.

Rubio's comments come in contrast with the president's tweets Sunday morning, in which he claimed that Page was surveilled "for the political gain of Crooked Hillary Clinton and the DNC". The FBI has produced a list of damning accusations against Page that include meeting with two Russian officials as part of his supposed "coordination" with Moscow.

After a redaction, the application to wiretap Page included a partial sentence: '. undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 USA presidential election in violation of US criminal law'.

"I think that's different from spying on a campaign, in fact, that the Trump campaign has said on numerous occasions that Carter Page was not a major player in their campaign", Rubio said.

Mr Page has not been charged.

The surveillance of Mr Page became in February the subject of intense rivalry between Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

"So they look at all this information and say we have a guy here who is always in Russian Federation, brags about Russian Federation, and we have reason to believe and they list those reasons why this is someone we should be watching and they follow the legal process by which to do so".

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