Trump claims 'illegal' spying after warrant papers unveiled

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Page has categorically denied the accusations, appearing on CNN's State of the Union to proclaim his innocence and restate that he has not been charged with any crime, despite being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for more than two years.

Page himself ducked questions about what, exactly, his connections to Russian Federation had been. I mean, it's in the eye of the beholder.

"He never met or spoke with him", said King. "There was nothing in terms of nefarious behaviour", he said.

"In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word would instead of wouldn't, the sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't, ' or why it wouldn't be Russian Federation", he said.

The release of the papers sparked a ruckus on Twitter, with Trump opponents rejoicing that one of his former associates have been supposedly caught red-handed in collusion with the Russians.

"The president gets this confused. And the Lawfare blog is one of them", the California Republican said. "It could be some other power", meaning that Republicans might be hurt, instead of helped.

The Department of Justice released hundreds of pages of redacted documents last week from the applications for the warrants.

President Trump on Sunday said he had a "great" meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and said his campaign was "illegally spied upon" in 2016, putting him at odds with a senator in his own party.

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The president was responding to the Justice Department's Saturday release of documents related to the wiretapping of Page.

"So we now find out that it was indeed the unverified and Fake Dirty Dossier, that was paid for by Crooked Hillary Clinton and the DNC, that was knowingly & falsely submitted to FISA and which was responsible for starting the totally conflicted and discredited Mueller Witch Hunt!" Meaning that everyone Page was in contact could be spied on, as well as anyone who was in contact with the people that Page was in contact with. "Your nation needs you to do your job tonight", he said. But Trump cast doubt once again in a Sunday tweet, diminishing at least the significance, if not the existence, of the interference and the USA investigation into Russia's actions.

Goodlatte said he has viewed the documents without most of the redactions and that it is "critically important" for the public to be able to do the same. The professor told Papadopoulos that Russians had "dirt" on Democrat Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails", as the Inquisitr reported.

Page on Sunday denied claims that he worked for the Kremlin, and called accusations that he had advised Moscow "spin". The FBI warrants note that Steele released his findings to U.S. news organizations over admonishment of the FBI, and as a result, the bureau ended its relationship with him. An initial Republican memo about the FISA warrant also claimed that the dossier's origins were not mentioned in the warrant.

Trump's laser focus on Steele ignores other facts as well, including that Page had previously lived in Russia and was on the FBI's radar as early as 2013, when it suspected Russian intelligence agents were trying to recruit Americans. He said sanctions were a common topic of conversation when he visited Russian Federation in 2016.

And in several cases, the application undercut arguments that Trump and his conservative allies have made about the surveillance on Page, including a memo from House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, a California Republican. "I think he's said it about a thousand times". "They did not spy on the campaign from anything and everything that I have seen".

"We have no idea what this president, our president, agreed to", Schiff said on ABC's This Week. This is so bad that they should be looking at the judges who signed off on this stuff, not just the people who gave it. "It is negligent with our national security for us not to know".

"President Putin, he just said it's not Russian Federation".

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