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Records detail FBI snooping on Trump aide

by J.C. Derrick
Posted 7/23/18, 12:40 pm

Top-secret government documents released over the weekend show the FBI requested permission in October 2016 to wiretap a former aide to then-candidate Donald Trump. Despite major redactions, the records show the FBI believed at the time that Carter Page had “been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government.” Page told CNN on Sunday he did not know the Russians named in the secret application for the wiretapping warrant, which was approved under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. The wiretapping has been the subject of partisan clashes for months. Republicans accuse the FBI of abusing its power and launching the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on false pretenses. Democrats rejected those claims and say Republicans are spreading misinformation to undermine the investigation.

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J.C. Derrick

J.C. is WORLD’s deputy chief content officer and WORLD Radio’s managing editor based in Dallas. Follow J.C. on Twitter @jcderrick1.

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    Posted: Mon, 07/23/2018 07:57 pm

    Again, covering for the guy who told them to listen in. Had nothing to do with Russians.

  • philoxfordal
    Posted: Tue, 07/24/2018 12:44 am

    Am I hearing this right? All that is necessary to request a wiretapping warrant is to "believe" that some sort of illegal activity might be taking place. I would assume that the person filing the request must submit tangible evidence in order for the FBI to comply. If so, why has that not come out?? If evidence is not necessary and all one needs is a gut feeling, why is everyone okay with that?!!

    From what I can see, all one needs to do is get an investigation going (evidence not needed) and any abuse of power is exonerated. How convenient.