Monday, 19 August, 2019

Trump returns to 'Witch Hunt' tweets against Mueller probe

Trump returns to 'Witch Hunt' tweets against Mueller probe Trump returns to 'Witch Hunt' tweets against Mueller probe
Steven Clarke | 23 July, 2018, 19:42

Mr. Trump is still dealing with the fallout of his widely panned press conference with Mr. Putin in Helsinki, where he held a closed-door meeting the Russian leader and then appeared to accept Mr. Putin's claim that he didn't meddle in the election.

The October, 2016 application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court named Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, according to the documents published late on Saturday by The New York Times. In Washington, Trump confirmed his acceptance of United States intelligence conclusions about Russian interference but also said it "could be other people also".

"So President Obama knew about Russian Federation before the Election", Trump tweeted.

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz slammed the massive number of redactions in the set of documents the Justice Department released on Saturday related to the wiretapping of a onetime campaign adviser to President Trump.

Judicial Watch and a number of news organizations had sued the US government in order to get the documents released. "I also don't believe it proves anything about collusion", Rubio said.

"I wish it would have gone differently", Mr. Rubio told CNN's State of the Union.

Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows says the recent release of FISA documents regarding Carter Page may be a bombshell. I don't think it's part of any broader plot.

Page has denied being an agent of Russian Federation, which he repeated Sunday to CNN, saying, "No".

The documents show that former FBI Director James Comey and former deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe certified the requests to wiretap Page over several 90-day periods.

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Page told CNN on Sunday he was never an agent of a foreign power, and that the documents overstated his ties to Russian Federation.

That error illustrates the broader problem with this document: To believe the Federal Bureau of Investigation had political motivations to spy on Page means you also have to believe the Federal Bureau of Investigation managed to trick the Justice Department and a secret military court, which had several George W. Bush appointees on it.

In the 412 heavily redacted pages of documents, Carter Page is described as an agent of a foreign power.

The charges form part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into USA intelligence findings that Russians conspired to tilt the election in Mr Trump's favour, and whether any of his campaign aides colluded. And looking into him is not "spying" on Trump campaign, because as the White House made clear past year, he was "not an "advisor" to Mr. Trump in any sense of the word".

President Donald Trump claims it is "looking more & more" like his 2016 campaign "was illegally being spied upon" for the gain of his political rivals. "They should drop the discredited Mueller Witch Hunt now!"

Trump's statements on Twitter followed sharp criticism, including from some Republicans, of his meeting in Finland last week with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"This is about Carter Page in theory, but when you look at what's been released, it was all about getting at the Trump campaign".

The documents show that the Steele Dossier - a report compiled by Christopher Steele, a former head of the Russia Desk for British intelligence - was a major component of the 2016 surveillance warrant.

Page on Sunday denied claims that he worked for the Kremlin, and called accusations that he had advised Moscow "spin".

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