Nunes says memo has been ‘totally vindicated’ after DOJ released FISA documents

US President Donald Trump is insisting that the probe into possible collusion between his campaign team and Russia- led by special counsel Robert Mueller a former FBI director- be halted

US President Donald Trump is insisting that the probe into possible collusion between his campaign team and Russia- led by special counsel Robert Mueller a former FBI director- be halted

"The very thing that the Mueller investigation is all about is seeing if the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to get dirt on Hillary and used it against her", he said.

In February, House Republicans released a memo that they said showed that federal investigators had obtained wiretaps of a Trump campaign adviser with ties to Russian Federation based on unfounded allegations and bias.

The documents show that former FBI Director James Comey and former deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe certified the requests to wiretap Page over several 90-day periods.

Trump has repeatedly criticized USA law enforcement agencies that are investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the vote, and he has insisted there was no collusion with members of his campaign.

The FBI told the FISA court that Steele was not a source for the Yahoo article, though that turned out to be incorrect.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump was suggesting that the entire notion of Russian interference - USA intelligence agencies unanimously concur it took place and Trump reluctantly accepted their assessment amid the firestorm - was fraudulent, or just the investigation of potential collusion by Trump associates with Russian agents.

"The FBI believes that Page has been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian Government", the surveillance application filed in October 2016 said. No, Mr. President, this investigation is not a partisan witch hunt perpetrated by fake news media - just look at all the indictments and guilty pleas it has generated. Two Trump associates, former national security adviser Mike Flynn and campaign foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty past year to charges brought by Mueller alleging they had lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about their Russian Federation contacts.

"This is so ridiculous, it goes beyond words", Page told Tapper.

The controversy over missing portion of Trump-Putin news conference transcript
Walsh went on to say that the Russian government "literally screwed our election process to help Trump become president". Mr Trump has always been seeking to bring Mr Putin to Washington for a meeting.

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee led by Nunes in February voted to release a memo alleging the Justice Department abused the FISA warrant process in order to hurt the president's campaign, saying Page's surveillance warrant was based on the dossier composed by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele. It added that "Page has established relationships with Russian Government officials, including Russian intelligence officers".

"When I was there in July 2016, a few people might have brought it up in passing, but again, it's a major economic issue, so there may have been a loose conversation", Page said of the sanctions.

"It was a solid application and renewals signed by four different judges appointed by three different Republican presidents", Schiff said on ABC's "This Week". "You have an individual here who has openly bragged about his ties to Russia and Russians".

In a 2013 letter, Mr Page described himself as an "informal adviser" to the Kremlin, but now said "it's really spin" to call him an adviser.

The request to wiretap Page noted that the resulting information could produce evidence of crimes. "There was no contact at all ever between Carter Page and candidate Trump or President Trump, and there was absolutely minimal contact between Carter page and the campaign committee. he had no influence on the campaign whatsoever".

The release itself is significant as it marks the first public disclosure of a highly sensitive FISA request.

The latest documents, however, plainly note the possible political motive behind hiring Steele: "The FBI speculates that the identified USA person was likely looking for information that could be used to discredit" Trump's campaign.

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