GOP Memo Reveals Rosenstein Approved Surveillance Of Carter Page

California the House Intelligence Committee’s Republican chairman this month. Credit Susan W
California the House Intelligence Committee’s Republican chairman this month. Credit Susan W

30 January, 2018

The memo, which has been the source of bipartisan squabbling over the past week, is said to allege that the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation abused the FISA process to obtain the order against Page, a 46-year-old energy consultant who joined the Trump campaign in March 2016.

The Republican memo is said to contain allegations that Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials failed to fully explain to an intelligence court judge in seeking the extended surveillance of Page that it was relying in part on research by a former British intelligence agent, Christopher Steele, which had been financed by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

The House Intelligence Committee could vote as early as Monday evening to release the controversial memo authored by committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-California) alleging surveillance abuses at the DOJ.

According to The New York Times, the memo singles out Rosenstein for approving the application to continue surveillance of former Trump adviser Carter Page, who is suspected of cooperating with the Russians.

US officials reportedly cited the infamous Russian Federation dossier in a FISA warrant taken out against Page in September 2016, just after he left the Trump campaign.

Democrats in the House told the Times they're anxious Republicans may use the memo to show the DOJ was slanted against members of the Trump campaign.

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Trump and some Republicans have decried the memo, parts of which are reportedly unverified, as being a politically motivated fabrication. To obtain the warrant, the officials needed to show "probable cause" that Page was acting as an agent of Russian Federation. Page has sued BuzzFeed for publishing the dossier.

The Times report did not reveal the evidence Rosenstein relied on to authorize an extension of the surveillance.

That in turn prompted the surveillance warrant to be renewed not long after Rosenstein was approved as deputy attorney general last April.

The Justice Department has not replied to Page's letter, he told TheDC.

Justice Department officials, the memo reportedly says, weren't clear enough when applying for the warrant that their information came, in part, from the Steele dossier.

Page denies that he was recruited by the Russians and has also said that he cooperated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It has also been reported that he has testified before Special Counsel Robert Mueller's grand jury.

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