DOJ Releases Carter Page Surveillance Documents

Politico reports:

New documents related to the wiretapping of Carter Page – the former Trump campaign adviser at the center of the Russia investigation and bias allegations at the FBI — were released by the Trump administration on Saturday.

Page served as a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign before he came under scrutiny for a trip to Moscow, where he interacted with a senior Russian government official. A redacted version of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court wiretap application — which had previously been classified — and several renewals were released after requests by the news media.

“The F.B.I. believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government,” the document states, to “undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election in violation of U.S. criminal law.”

Axios reports:

The wiretapping warrant on Page was issued and renewed several times under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and has been heavily criticized by President Trump and Republicans in Congress as an abuse of power by the FBI. The documents appear to show that the FBI properly disclosed its sources of information and that it relied on more than just the controversial Steele dossier, contradicting claims of abuse made by Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes.