Carter Page, a former foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign is suing for being unlawful surveillance.
Wikipedia describes Page as an American petroleum industry consultant, and a former foreign-policy adviser to Donald Trump during his 2016 presidential election campaign. Page is the founder and managing partner of Global Energy Capital, a one-man investment fund and consulting firm specializing in the Russian and Central Asian oil and gas business.
Page was one of the first pawns that the FBI used to start spying on the Trump campaign team. This was achieved by obtaining a warrant through the FISA Court with the now infamous “Steele Dossier.”
FISA court (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) is a court where agencies can get authority to conduct surveillance on someone that they suspect of being of being a foreign Spy acting in the US.
Like the action taken against General Flynn, there was nothing about the Carter Page Investigation that was, “business as usual”
A brief synopsis is. The Clinton election team do a survey to identify which of her indiscretions resonate the most in the public. i.e. which of her dodgy dealings are the people least impressed with. They find out it is the uranium 1 deal and the fact Clinton is doing deals with the Russians are what the public dislike the most. So, what do they do?
The FBI get info from someone on the Clinton election team payroll. A person hired to try and dig up dirt on Trump, this person is an open hater of Trump and ex British spy called Christopher Steele.
Steele gets intel from a known untrustworthy Russian spy which is unverified intel. This is taken to the FISA Court to enable the FBI to spy on someone they want to accuse of dealing with Russian spies. Meanwhile the actual Russians are doing deals for uranium and other favours through Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden.
You couldn’t make this stuff up really.
When the FBI apply to the FISA court to conduct surveillance, it is usually something handled by lower level staff at the Bureau. However, in the case of the application to spy on Carter Page, the application was signed off by FBI director James Comey and deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.
Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson testified to the Judiciary and Oversight committees about the “unusual way” that the first FISA request was handled with approval coming from Yates and the then Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe. This led her to not feel the need to second guess the higher ups.
The Steele Dossier.
The way the FBI got the court to approve the surveillance was using the Steele Dossier. The Steele Dossier being a series of unverified allegations compiled by a British ex-spy Christopher Steele. The intel claimed that the Trump campaign team was meeting with Russian agents. Interestingly, it has now been identified that the intel came from a Russian who the FBI opened a case on in 2009, suspecting him of Counterintelligence and offering money to the Obama team for US secrets.
What is meant to happen at these secret court cases seeking approval for surveillance, is the FISA court is meant to be made aware of all evidence. This of course includes exculpatory evidence, there is no lawyer for the person the warrant is sought for, so all pertinent info is required to be presented prior to any order being made. Info such as the Dossier coming from a Hilary Team employee. That would be what you would deem exculpatory and may sway the judges, judgement.
In the case of Christopher Steeles dossier, exculpatory evidence that was omitted to the FISA Court was that the evidence gathered was at the behest of Fusion GPS. Fusion GPS had been hired by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Steele receiving funding from a Democratic presidential campaign was not revealed to the FISA court. This turns out to be not the only exculpatory evidence omitted to the FISA Court.
This Dossier was also used to renew the surveillance on the Trump campaign several times through the FISA Court. Even though the FBI now knew the info was not only unverified, they also knew it was sourced from someone who had been subject to an FBI counter intelligence investigation.
Another piece of exculpatory evidence the FISA court was not aware of was that Carter Page was an intelligence asset to the CIA. The FBI had received an email stating that Page was a source for the CIA. This email was tampered with to change it to say that Page was NOT a CIA asset. This lawyer recently pleaded guilty to this act. His name is Kevin Clinesmith.
Presented with the information that was contained in the Steele Dossier the FISA Judge concluded, “on the basis of the facts submitted in the “verified application,” there is probable cause to believe that The Government of the Russian Federation (Russia) is a foreign power and Carter W. Page is an agent of Russia.”
The FISA warrant issues in October 2016 authorised the US government to conduct a wide series of surveillance techniques through to January 2017, when the application would need to be renewed.
The application was renewed 4 times.
Unlike other targets Page has never faced any charges after 12 months of spying on him.
However, the worm has turned. Page has now brought a case against a number of organisations and people including James Comey, Andrew McCabe, the DoJ and the FBI. He has files a $75 million lawsuit.
Unlawful surveillance and investigation is what he has accused the alleged perpetrators of and all because he was part of the Trump election team.
Political specialist attorney Robert Barnes has stated that the fact that the survalence came through the FISA court means he has a great chance of success an that the discovery will be fascinating in showing more about hoe the FBI targeted the Trump team.
This will be very interesting to follow
below is the documents filed