According to the Washington post, The FBI obtained a court order in June to monitor the communications Carter Page, an adviser to then presidential candidate Donald Trump. U.S. officials said this was part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign.
The FBI and the Justice Department obtained the warrant targeting Carter Page’s communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia, according to the officials.
Page has not been accused of any crimes, and it is unclear whether the Justice Department might later seek charges against him or others in connection with Russia’s meddling in the election. The counterintelligence investigation into Russian efforts to influence US elections began in July, officials have said. Most such investigations don’t result in criminal charges.
The so-called FISA warrant was granted as part of an ongoing investigation into possible links between Russian officials and members of the Trump campaign, the paper reported.
In a statement to Fox News, Page said he was “excited the truth is coming out.”
“I have done nothing wrong. I have no concerns,” Page added. “I was an obvious target because no one has been more thoughtful and methodical in their criticism of the Clinton/Obama administration foreign policy.”
Page, who was working as an energy consultant at the time, acknowledged that he “shared basic immaterial information and publicly available research documents” with the operative, Victor Podobnyy. He described the information as “nothing more than a few samples from the far more detailed lectures” he delivered at New York University in 2013.
In an interview with Fox News last month, Page said he had been victimized by a “false narrative” surrounding his contacts with Russian officials.
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