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The FBI's applications for FISA warrants against Page were released on Saturday.

As incredible as Rosenstein's obvious conflict of interest is - asking a FISA court to issue surveillance warrants on an American presidential candidate using material provided by his principal opponent without informing the court of this pertinent fact - the role of Strzok, is, if anything, more unbelievable.

President Trump has jumped aboard another conspiracy theory about the Russian Federation investigation, and the central figure is Carter Page. "The FBI believes that Page has been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government", the documents said.

Rep. Devin Nunes, R- Calif., on Tuesday said he was "totally vindicated" after the release of documents used to justify the FISA surveillance warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Trump tweeted Sunday night that President Barack Obama knew about Russian meddling before the 2016 election, but didn't tell the Trump campaign "because it is all a big hoax".

Referring to the FISA warrant applications, he said: "As usual they are ridiculously heavily redacted but confirm with little doubt that the Department of 'Justice" and Federal Bureau of Investigation misled the courts.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders sought to clarify the president's tweet Monday morning by arguing that the president wasn't expressing doubt on the intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation meddled but was instead "referring to the claim that his campaign had anything to do with it".

A dozen Russian intelligence agents were recently indicted for hacking into Democratic party computers.

"Congratulations to @JudicialWatch and @TomFitton on being successful in getting the Carter Page FISA documents", he tweeted.

"No, I've never been an agent of a foreign power by any stretch of the imagination", he said.

Trump has come under a barrage of criticism over the past week for what was seen as overly conciliatory treatment of Russian President Vladimir Putin at their summit in Helsinki.

The FISA applications released on Saturday, however, cite the dossier as the source for the first piece of evidence laying out the allegations against Page, The Daily Caller reported. The FBI said in the application that Steele wasn't told who had hired him to conduct that work, but that Steele "was likely looking for information that could be used to discredit" Trump's campaign.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement: "Despite President Trump's repeated claims, these documents provide clear evidence of 'Russia's coordination with Carter Page, ' a high-ranking Trump campaign official, 'to undermine and improperly and illegally influence the 2016 USA presidential election'".

On Sunday, Page denied he has ever been an agent for the Russian government. "I think he's said it about a thousand times". The affidavits detail Page's connections to Russian Federation, as well as the FBI's reliance on contested Steele dossier to build its case. Page denied this to CNN.

The release of some information related to the Page FISA document in both the Republican and Democratic memos led to lawsuits from groups like Judicial Watch seeking more information from the Page FISA warrant. The House Intelligence memo that was released in February found that the dossier was an essential piece of the initial FISA applications as well as all three renewal applications.


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