The officials spoke about the court order on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details of a counterintelligence probe.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation probed an adviser to US President Donald Trump's election campaign past year over worries he could have been working for Russian Federation, the Washington Post reported last night.
"All of this false evidence that you've been hearing about myself with the dodgy dossier and other false reports going back through most of last summer, well, that will - that will have very different implications, so this is a real game changer if it turns out to be true", Page said, referring to a controversial report ccompiled by a former British spy that alleges ties between Trump and Russian Federation.
Page has not been accused of any crimes, and it is unclear whether the Justice Department might later seek charges against him or others in connection with Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
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The FBI began its probe, which also is examining whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, in July.
Page has denounced any surveillance directed against him as politically motivated, even while Washington has in recent months been thick with rumors about who among Trump's inner circle may have been targeted for surveillance under FISA. I have nothing to hide. He compared the investigations to the FBI and the Justice Departments eavesdropping on the civil rights king, Martin Luther King Jr.
The White House and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have not commented on the issue yet.
Page said revelation of the surveillance is an indictment of the Obama administration's efforts to punish political opponents.
Specifically, the application mentioned contacts Page had with a "Russian intelligence operative in New York City in 2013", as well as other contacts with "Russian operatives" that had not been previously disclosed, the report said. One campaign official said Page was recruited by Sam Clovis, an Iowa Republican operative who ran the Trump campaign's policy shop and is now a senior adviser at the Agriculture Department. He reportedly regards the FISA news as more evidence of his unjust persecution. Anti-Trumpers can point to this tidbit as an "Aha! See!" While Pro-Trumpers can boast that Trump's "wiretap" suspicions have once again been proved true.
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He described his role with the campaign as that of an "informal adviser, a member of a committee which was put together, a team of individuals who were looking at various foreign policy issues and working, thinking through some of the issues that were on the table".
The judge was convinced there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of Russian Federation, the Post said.
His name surfaced in a dossier or reports on links between the Trump operation and Russian Federation complied by former British spy Christopher Steele.
He said he tried to speak with Lisa Monaco, a current CNN analyst and former member of the Obama administration, about a potential FISA order targeting him, but that she avoided the question.
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These counterintelligence investigations on Russian Federation interference in the USA election commenced in July.