GOP Memo Reveals Rosenstein Approved Surveillance Of Carter Page

Gowdy says he trusts Mueller urges others to 'leave him the hell alone'

Gowdy says he trusts Mueller urges others to 'leave him the hell alone'

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein approved to extend surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page shortly after assuming office last spring, the New York Times reported, citing people familiar with a secret Republican memo.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein signed off on an application previous year to continue surveillance on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, according to a report.

Democrats who have read the document say Republicans have cherry-picked facts to create a misleading and risky narrative. The White House has indicated that President Trump will not object to the release of the document, which was put together by House Intel chairman Devin Nunes, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy and Republican staff on the Intelligence Committee.

Democrats in the House told the Times they're anxious Republicans may use the memo to show the DOJ was slanted against members of the Trump campaign.

It has also been reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department obtained a FISA warrant against Page in 2014. Much of that criticism was quieted after he named Robert S. Mueller III as a special counsel in May to oversee the Russian Federation probe.

In the memo, Republicans alleges that senior intelligence officials abused the surveillance program to target Trump's campaign as part of a political bias and failed to properly vet the application.

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The White House has backed releasing the memo public.

Berman remarked that Republicans may be using the FISA warrant as an excuse to attack Rosenstein because he took charge of the Russian Federation investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself. "Based on numerous news reports, top officials at the F.B.I. have engaged in conduct that shows bias against President Trump and bias for Hillary Clinton".

Rosenstein has been an occasional target of Trump's criticism since Mueller's appointment in May 2017. "While President Trump has the utmost respect and support for the rank-and-file members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the anti-Trump bias at the top levels that appear to have existed is troubling".

Reuters could not contact Carter Page for comment.

In 2013, an investigation claimed that a Russian spy had allegedly tried to recruit him although Page was never charged with any wrongdoing and has denied he would ever have cooperated with Russian intelligence officials, according to the New York Times.

Page, a former Moscow-based investment banker who later founded an investment company in NY, had been on the FBI's radar for years.

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