FISA documents on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page released to the media.

By | 2018-07-23T04:43:41+00:00 July 22nd, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News, News2|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments

Kooky Carter Page.

Courtesy of NYT:

The Trump administration disclosed on Saturday a previously top-secret set of documents related to the wiretapping of Carter Page, the onetime Trump campaign adviser who was at the center of highly contentious accusations by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee that the F.B.I. had abused its surveillance powers.

“This application targets Carter Page,” the document said. “The F.B.I. believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government.” A line was then redacted, and then it picked up with “undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election in violation of U.S. criminal law. Mr. Page is a former foreign policy adviser to a candidate for U.S. president.”

Mr. Page has denied being a Russian agent and has not been charged with a crime in the nearly two years since the initial wiretap application was filed. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday.

The documents made public on Saturday were heavily redacted in places, and some of the substance of the applications had already become public in February, via the Republican and Democratic Intelligence Committee memos.

Visible portions showed that the F.B.I. in stark terms had told the intelligence court that Mr. Page “has established relationships with Russian government officials, including Russian intelligence officers”; that the bureau believed “the Russian government’s efforts are being coordinated with Page and perhaps other individuals associated with” Mr. Trump’s campaign; and that Mr. Page “has been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government.”

While there is a reference to the Steele dossier, the documents refute the argument by the Republicans that the warrants were based solely on it, by also mentioning evidence that Russian agents were trying to recruit Page as far back as 2013.

It also should be mentioned that based on past interactions with Christopher Steele the agency found him “reliable” and that they believed reporting in the dossier was “credible.” 

At this point, it should also be pointed out that so far nothing in the Steele dossier has proven to be untrue.

Much of the information is redacted, but there is enough to suggest that the FBI had ample reason to place Page under surveillance. 

However, that is not “your favorite president’s” assessment:

Yeah, I don’t know what he’s looking at but then again since when have facts every changed his opinion? 

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6 Comments

  1. Anonymous July 22, 2018 at 9:34 am - Reply

    The only thing the newly released FISA documents show is that Republicans have been lying for months
    Trump and his allies claim the Steele Dossier was the sole basis for a surveillance warrant of Carter Page. They are lying.

    …Donald Trump and Carter Page tried to spin Saturday’s disclosure as some kind of victory. Several members of the far-right fringe in Congress — led by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) — lied to the public several months ago via a memo that falsely asserted the FBI sought the warrant on the sole basis of the infamous Steele dossier, a Republican-conceived memo written by a former British intelligence officer containing several salacious rumors about Donald Trump.

    As Democrats and the FBI later disclosed — and as Saturday’s release makes clear — the dossier was far from the only evidence provided to the FISA court, and its inclusion contained a lengthy caveat noting the politicized nature and unsubstantiated claims contained within the document. Incidentally, several of the allegations contained in the dossier have since been verified. On Sunday, CNN’s Jake Tapper invited Page to respond to Saturday’s revelations, and it took exactly one question for him to trip over the facts of the case.

    “The document accuses you of being an ‘agent of a foreign power.’ Were you?,” asked Tapper.

    “Jake, this is so ridiculous, it’s just beyond words,” said Page. “You know, it’s — you’re talking about misleading the courts. It’s just so misleading, going through those 400-plus page documents, where do we even begin? It’s literally a complete joke, and it only continues. It’s just really sad.”

    Tapper, who was still waiting for Page to answer his question, tried again. “Were you ever an agent of a foreign power? Did you ever advise the Kremlin or work with the Kremlin on anything?”

    After more stammering, Page finally got around to a “no,” before immediately admitting that he had, in fact, served as an advisor to the Kremlin and met several times with Russian officials during multiple trips to Russia over a period of years leading up to and including 2016.

    https://thinkprogress.org/fisa-release-gop-lying-9973e5c28101/

  2. Anonymous July 22, 2018 at 10:07 am - Reply

    every time I see this fuckwad … I sing “Secret Agent Man”

  3. Anonymous July 22, 2018 at 10:44 am - Reply

    ‘Don’t interrupt me’: Michael Avenatti wipes the floor with Alan Dershowitz and his poor record of accuracy

    …“I have a question for Michael Avenatti,” Dershowitz said. “How do you know there are other tapes? You’re not in a position where you could possibly know that properly. How do you know there are other tapes involving the president of the United States? Are you privy to what was seized from the office [of Michael Cohen]?”

    “Well, Alan,” Avenatti replied. “I’m not going to answer your question because I don’t have to answer your question. Suffice it to say, Alan, that my accuracy rate over the last six months has been a heck of a lot better than yours as it relates to this matter.”

    “I’m not trying to get into anything personal,” Dershowitz insisted.

    “Please don’t interrupt me,” Avenatti shot back. “My accuracy rate over the last six months has been spot on in this case. And let me tell you this. If I’m wrong, then why don’t we have Mr. Trump or his attorneys come forward today, right now and claim there are no other tapes. You’re not going to hear that because there are other tapes. Period.”

    Watch the video below from ABC.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/dont-interrupt-michael-avenatti-wipes-floor-alan-dershowitz-poor-record-accuracy/

  4. Anonymous July 22, 2018 at 10:45 am - Reply

    House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence senior Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was asked what he made of Trump’s recent summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with Schiff saying Trump acted like a man who has something to hide.

    The ABC host got right to the point, asking, “Just bluntly, do you believe he is compromised by Vladimir Putin?”

    Schiff said that it appeared so.

    “I certainly think he’s acting like someone who’s compromised, and it may very well be that he is compromised or it may very well be that he believes that he’s compromised, that the Russians have information on him,” he replied.

    The House member and former prosecutor — who has been on the receiving end of insults from the Republican president — then informed the ABC host that his investigators have been blocked by Republicans from being allowed to look at the Trump Organization’s books.

    “We were not permitted to look into one of the allegations that was most serious to me, and that is were the Russians laundering money through the Trump Organization?” he explained. “The Republicans wouldn’t allow us to go near that.”

    “I hope that [special counsel] Bob Mueller’s investigating it, because again, if that’s the leverage the Russians are using, it would not only explain the president’s behavior, but it would help protect the country by knowing that in fact our president was compromised,” he concluded.

    You can watch the video below via ABC:

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/top-intel-democrat-accuses-gop-running-interference-trump-organization-russian-money-laundering/

  5. Anonymous July 22, 2018 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Carter Page Gives Trump More Russia Problems With CNN Interview Disaster

    …The interview with Tapper was a disaster. The obvious reason why Page wouldn’t answer the question about his relationships with Russian government officials is that he is guilty. Page was pulling from Trump’s playbook. He was trying to discredit the evidence and deflect. All Carter Page managed to do in the Tapper interview was call attention to the fact that didn’t deny his relationships with Russian government officials.

    The Russia scandal has moved to a different plane of political conversation. When a Trump foreign policy advisor doesn’t answer questions about his relationships with Russian government officials, that is a problem for Trump. It shines more light on the sort of people who were involved with the Trump campaign and the connections that they had.

    This story is not going away, and the more people like Carter Page talk, the worse it gets for Donald Trump.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/22/carter-page-russians.html

  6. Anonymous July 22, 2018 at 11:13 am - Reply

    New Trump Chicken Blimp Sets Sail Dressed Like an Alcatraz Prisoner

    A new 33-foot tall blimp with a characterization of President Donald Trump made to look like a chicken was put on an Alcatraz prisoner boat in San Francisco Bay on Sunday. The blimp owners said their goal was “to speak truth to poultry.”

    “Inflatable “Trump Chicken” dressed like a prisoner sails off coast of San Francisco”

    The newest version of the Trump Chicken is shown wearing black-and-white prison stripes and a garment label that says “Prisoner 45,” according to the Bay Area KRON 4 News. The Trump Chicken blimp was photographed floating on an “Alcatraz Prison Transport” boat that was sailing around San Francisco Harbor and the notorious Alcatraz prison island known as “the Rock.”

    A GoFundMe page was set up by the owners of the Trump Chicken in an attempt to raise money to pay for the chicken blimp and the costs of rental boats. Here is more information about the blimp written by the owners:

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/22/new-trump-chicken-blimp-sets-sail-dressed-like-an-alcatraz-prisoner.html

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