On July 21, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the Justice Department released the warrant application used to obtain a wiretap on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page starting in October 2016, a month after he parted ways with Trump's team.
Source #1, who now owns a foreign business/financial intelligence firm, was approached by an identified US person, who indicated to Source #1 that a USA -base law firm had hired the identified USA person to conduct research regarding Candidate #1's ties to Russian Federation... It stated that Page "has established relationships with Russian Government officials, including Russian intelligence officers".
Rubio was responding to the Saturday release of the FBI's heavily-redacted Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant applications for domestic surveillance on Page, then an advisor to Trump's campaign.
The four-page memo revealed the improper use of surveillance by the FBI and the Justice Department in the Russian Federation investigation, including that the wiretap application was primarily supported by the unverified dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.
"They can judge for themselves, but I will tell you it does not support the issuance of a warrant against Mr. Page", he said.
On Sunday, Rubio, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, disagreed with Trump's conclusion that the Page wiretap was intended as a means of conducting surveillance on the Republican's presidential campaign.
"The FBI believes that Page has been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government", the application stated, adding that "there is probable cause that such activities involve or are about to involve violations of the criminal statutes of the United States". "An illegal Scam!" Trump tweeted.
Burr and Nunes have been on opposite sides of a number of key issues related to the Justice Department and intelligence community's handling of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
However, in its application to surveil Page, the Federal Bureau of Investigation disclosed to the court that his work was on behalf of a client who was possibly looking for politically damaging information about Trump, but that agents still found the information credible.
Mr Trump said it appeared that his campaign was illegally spied on. "It is so bad it screams out at you.' On the whole FISA scam which led to the rigged Mueller Witch Hunt!" He said claims that he spoke with Russian nationals about incriminating information about Hillary Clinton were "totally false" and denied he ever discussed lifting Western sanctions with Igor Sachin, a high-ranking Russian official.
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 US presidential election'. I also don't think it proves anything about collusion or anything like that". Page has vehemently denied the dossier's allegations, and says he has never spoken to Manafort. As a private consultant, Steele was hired to investigate Trump's ties to Russian Federation as part of opposition research funded by Democrats.
"I've never been anywhere near what's being described here".