Federal Bureau of Investigation believed Trump campaign aide Carter Page was recruited by Russians

Federal Bureau of Investigation believed Trump campaign aide Carter Page was recruited by Russians

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., pauses to speak with reporters as former FBI lawyer Lisa Page is questioned during a private interview with members of the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight Committee on whether political bias affected the investigations of Hillary Clinton's emails and the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 16, 2018.

Last week, a federal grand jury charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016, in the most detailed US accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the presidential election to help Trump.

US President Donald Trump has claimed, without evidence, that newly released documents relating to the wiretapping of his onetime campaign adviser Carter Page show that intelligence agencies misled the courts that approved the warrant.

Donald Trump on Sunday lashed out at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice, which released over 400 pages of its initial and renewed Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act requests pertaining to Carter Page, Trump's ex-foreign policy adviser. "But I've never been anywhere near what's being described herein", Page responded.

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".

Mr Trump is not named in the document but identified only as "Candidate #1". I don't-They did not spy on the campaign from anything and everything that I have seen, ' Rubio said.

Gowdy encouraged Trump to recognize that "it is possible to conclude that Russian Federation interfered with us and it still does not delegitimize your presidency".

Nunes' memo, which was cited by President Donald Trump in his attacks on the Mueller investigation, alleges that the author of the dossier, ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, harbored anti-Trump motivations that were not disclosed in the FISA application.

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The surveillance of Page sparked intense rivalry in February between lawmakers from Trump's Republican Party and their Democratic counterparts.

Page himself has denied the allegations, describing the FISA application as "spin" and a "complete joke" in an interview Sunday on CNN.

Reacting to the document's contents, Page - who was not charged for his so-called spying activities - told Ross he is "H$3 aving trouble finding any small bit of this document that rises above completely ignorance and/or insanity".

The documents released on Saturday by the FBI included surveillance applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and warrants surrounding the investigation into Page.

"The FBI gave the court enough information to evaluate Steele's credibility", Kris wrote, also noting that the judges who signed off on the FISA applications were all appointed by Republican presidents. "So Putin knows going in, what the price of doing so is".

Page himself ducked questions about what, exactly, his connections to Russian Federation had been.

The paperwork detailed the FBI's argument for repeated warrants to be issued to allow the continued monitoring of Mr Page, who has denied any wrongdoing. Trump tweeted about the release of the documents early Sunday morning from Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is spending the weekend.