Secret Memo: Rod Rosenstein Approved Of Carter Page FISA Warrant

The New York Times reported on Monday that the secret Devin Nunes memo reveals that Trump-appointed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein approved an application to extend FISA surveillance of Carter Page, a former low-level Trump campaign associate.

The Justice Department “saw reason to believe” that Page was “acting as a foreign Russian agent.”

Page, a former Moscow-based investment banker who later founded an investment company in New York, had been on the FBI’s radar since 2013, when an investigation revealed that a Russian spy had tried to recruit him.

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Page was under scrutiny again in July 2016 while working on the Trump campaign when he traveled to Russia.

After Page resigned from the Trump campaign, the FBI obtained a FISA warrant to surveil Page’s communications. The 90-day warrant was repeatedly renewed.

He was featured prominently by the Fusion GPS dossier, an unverified, DNC-funded oppo research document published publically by BuzzFeed earlier this year.

In September, Page filed a defamation lawsuit against the parent company of Yahoo! News and The Huffington Post.

Page denies the allegations in the dossier, denies that he was recruited by the Russians, and has also said that he cooperated with the FBI. He claims that he was interviewed multiple times by the FBI last year. It has also been reported that he has testified before Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury.

In May 2017, President Trump defended Page on Twitter.

 

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