The Washington Post reported last night that the Department of Justice sought out and received a FISA warrant to conduct surveillance on Carter Page last summer while he was still connected to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
This is what they claimed;
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.
How is that again? It proves nothing of the sort. Those warrants are handed out like licorice sticks according to some TV bloviators and difficult to obtain according to others. What it proves in reality is they surveilled Trump’s team and nothing has been found or it would have been leaked.
If there was any evidence Carter Page was linked to Russia for illicit reasons, it would have made front page news as did the news of General Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador.
We still don’t know if the administration was acting on evidence or if they were surveilling the Trump team for political reasons.
The surveillance began last summer. If nothing has been found, why is this still going on?
Actually the bombshell WaPo report was already reported. The NY Times did report that three of Trump’s team were surveilled. Last January, the Times wrote:
Mr. Manafort is among at least three Trump campaign advisers whose possible links to Russia are under scrutiny. Two others are Carter Page, a businessman and former foreign policy adviser to the campaign, and Roger Stone, a longtime Republican operative.
Paul Manafort is in the news again Wednesday. He’s going to register as a foreign agent in light of old-new revelations that the AP traced $1.2 million in secret payments from pro-Russian political party to Paul Manafort’s firm in the U.S. Manafort, who said that had been revealed, was Donald Trump’s campaign manager for several months last year.
To add to all this, CNN came out with their bombshell report yesterday that GOP and Democrats sources said there was nothing illegal in Susan Rice’s unmasking and it’s done all the time. The Democrat media outlet quoted anonymous sources. They also claimed the Devin Nunes’ report was empty and unsubstantiated. CNN is a Democrat machine and unless they start quoting some actual people, their bombshell reports are meaningless.
Meanwhile back at Fox News, Adam Housley has learned that Congress has expanded their investigation to see if others were surveilled beyond the Trump team.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., now plans to audit files from the National Security Agency and White House to determine whether identities and conversations of presidential candidates — or members of Congress — also were swept up during NSA surveillance of foreign leaders. He also plans to review whether Obama’s National Security Council and White House counsel collected and distributed the intelligence for reasons unrelated to foreign intelligence.[…]
Staffers on the Senate committee told Fox News they also have expanded their investigation into whether presidential candidates were unmasked and information was misused — and what role former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, among others, played following reports that she requested Trump-affiliated names be unmasked.
Donald Trump taking on Russia hasn’t stopped the collusion stories, most of which are rehashed older stories.