Tuesday, 25 April, 2017

Dossier part of Federal Bureau of Investigation evidence for secret court order

FBI used Trump dossier to justify monitoring of ex-aide: report CNN: Dossier part of FBI evidence for secret court order
Melinda Barton | 20 April, 2017, 07:35

The shocking British dossier about Donald Trump's ties with Russian Federation was used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to obtain a surveillance warrant of the Trump campaign's foreign policy adviser, Carter Page, according to a new CNN report.

The FBI used a controversial dossier on Donald Trump to justify monitoring one of his associates, it was reported Tuesday.

On Wednesday, U.S. officials leaked new information to CNN that exposes how the bureau persuaded the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to grant it a warrant to observe Page. There is little evidence of direct contact between the campaign and Page, but Trump once listed his name when asked about his national security team.

Officials familiar with the process say even if the application to monitor Page included information from the dossier, it would only be after the FBI had corroborated the information through its own investigation.

The charges that the dossier makes against Page are serious for both Trump and Page.

CNN reported: "Comey's briefings to lawmakers stand in contrast to efforts in recent months by the bureau and United States intelligence agencies to try to distance themselves from the dossier". This monitoring was allegedly connected to the FBI's investigation of possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

The dossier alleges that Page met senior Russian officials as an emissary of the Trump campaign, and discussed quid-pro-quo deals relating to sanctions, business opportunities and Russia's interference in the election.

In 2014 and 2015, in articles for an online journal, Page mixed quirky observations with praise for Russian Federation and criticism of US policy.

Though it is not clear what about Page's trip drew the FBI's attention, the probe soon was widening, the Times quoted sources within the agency. Speaking to The Hill, Jason Miller, Trump's former communications director, said Page "never been a part of our campaign".

Page has denied any wrongdoing and blames the Obama administration for his troubles.

Page once again said he did nothing wrong, issuing a statement to CNN indicating he's ready to file a Privacy Act of 1974 lawsuit against the Obama administration.

The document, which was allegedly written by the former British spy Christopher Steele for Trump's political opponents, reached public attention on January 10 when BuzzFeed News took the decision to publish its explosive contents.

Page gave a paid lecture in Russian Federation in July of previous year, but said he did not make the appearance on behalf of the Trump campaign.

News of Page's surveillance, which began in summer 2016, emerged in a Washington Post article published on April 11.