Carter Page says claims that Russians tried to recruit him are 'ridiculous'

Carter Page says claims that Russians tried to recruit him are 'ridiculous'

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".

The FBI has justified its motion alleging that Page "has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government" which allegedly enlisted his services to "undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential election".

"I think that's different from spying on a campaign, in fact, that the Trump campaign has said on numerous occasions that Carter Page was not a major player in their campaign", Rubio said.

In a tweet early Sunday morning, Trump asserted-citing the right-wing advocacy group Judicial Watch-that the documents actually prove that the GOP's narrative was correct, and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation "misled the courts".

Democrats also argue the FBI's interest in Page predated its knowledge of the opposition research dossier and say it was not the dossier and the Page FISA warrant that prompted the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into Russia, but rather an earlier conversation that former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos had with an Australian diplomat about alleged Russian dirt on Clinton.

The agents also believed, the documents say, that Page had been "collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government", and had "established relationships with Russian government officials, including Russian intelligence officers".

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In congressional testimony this week, though, he expressed concern about Trump's confrontational trade policies. And that understanding has been mutual, with recent presidents deciding not to comment on Fed policy either.

The Justice Department late Friday released a redacted copy of the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant application on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page that Republicans said showed bias at the DOJ and FBI, The New York Times reports.

One of Donald Trump's ex-foreign policy aides says allegations that he worked with the Russian government during the 2016 U.S. election are a "complete joke".

However, after allegations emerged in the so-called Trump dossier that he had served as an intermediary between Russian officials and the president's campaign as they worked to advance Mr Trump's presidential efforts, Mr Page resigned from his role.

Rubio was referring to the so-called Steele Dossier, compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, which alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. But the information has not been verified and has been dismissed by Republicans and Trump as false.

In his tweets, Trump also took aim at defeated Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), her party's governing body. "An illegal Scam!" Trump's follow up tweet on Sunday morning said.

The warrant has been a major point of contention between Republicans and Democrats. "Witch Hunt Rigged, a Scam!"

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