Graham: Warrant for Carter Page surveillance was 'a bunch of garbage'

President Donald Trump gestures while speaking during his meeting with members of his cabinet in Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington Wednesday

In a series of tweets on Sunday, Trump said the release confirmed the surveillance of his campaign was a "Witch Hunt" because some of the information that led to the wiretapping was provided by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, who was hired on behalf of the Clinton campaign in 2016.

The FBI on Saturday released documents related to the surveillance of Page as part of an investigation into whether he conspired with the Russian government to undermine the 2016 U.S. election.

"If the dossier is the reason you issued the warrant, it was a bunch of garbage", Graham said.

He also said that the warrant application, which was released by the Justice Department on Saturday, served as proof that "the whole FISA warrant process needs to be looked at".

The agents also believed, the documents say, that Page had been "collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government", and had "established relationships with Russian government officials, including Russian intelligence officers".

Page departed from Trump campaign in September 2016 after reports of his links to Russian officials have surfaced in the media. Yes, the Dirty Dossier, paid for by Democrats as a hit piece against Trump, and looking for information that could discredit Candidate #1 Trump.

However, the warrant to surveil Page was successfully renewed three times after its initial approval, which itself was signed by four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judges all appointed by Republican presidents.

Mr Page has denied being an agent of the Russian Government and has not been charged with any crime. Mr Trump has labelled the investigation a "witch hunt".


The Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained the initial application on October 31, 2016, and the three additional FISAs in January, April, and June 2017.

Gowdy on Sunday noted that the FBI never indicted Page following the investigation.

Trump tweeted heavily about the documents on Sunday morning and quoted some of the speakers on 'Fox & Friends, ' the morning news show of whom he is a regular viewer.

"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".

Tapper brought up a letter Page wrote where he described himself as an informal adviser to the Kremlin in advance of the 2013 G - 20 meeting in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

He also said if the Obama administration funneled campaign research toward surveillance, the American people deserve to know.

Diveykin, and said Diveykin never told him that the Russians had dirt on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

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