Rep. Pete King: FBI Could Not Have Verified Steele Dossier

President Donald Trump's administration remains under scrutiny over potential ties between his associates and Russia in the run-up to the presidential election

According to a report from the Washington Post, the other three judges who approved the wiretapping of Page were also appointed Republican presidents - two by George W. Bush and one by Ronald Reagan.

The 412 pages of documents released by the Justice Department showed that the warrant was based on information gained by an FBI investigation of Page, when began when he became known to them by allegedly interacting with Russian intelligence officers in 2013.

After the heavily redacted FISA applications and orders were released publicly on Saturday, Nunes called for the remainder of the document to be released publicly without redactions.

Burr's comments once again put him at odds with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, who spearheaded the memo on FISA abuses.

The main hiccup in Trump's line of thinking starts with the fact that the recently released surveillance warrant application shows that the Federal Bureau of Investigation initially requested the warrant because it believed Carter had been "collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government".

The Justice Department did not appoint Mueller to take over the FBI investigation until May 2017, roughly a week after Trump fired FBI director James Comey.

The application says that a significant goal of the request is to "collect foreign intelligence information as part of the FBI's investigation of this target".

"You talk about misleading the courts, it's just so misleading", Page said about the warrants, adding: "It's literally a complete joke". The first contention, that the government's wiretap application misled the court about Steele, is demonstrably false.

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The application notes that Page, during a July 2016 trip to Russia "met with at least two Russian officials". Richard Burr, the Republican from Winston-Salem who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN on Tuesday: "I don't think I ever expressed that I thought the FISA application came up short".

Trump said the Steele dossier "was responsible for starting" Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The dossier was used, to some extent, to persuade a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court to authorize surveillance of Page. The Steele dossier is a compilation of opposition research on Trump compiled by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele for Fusion GPS, which at the time was employed on the behalf of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

In the first application, the first and second parts cover Russian efforts to influence US elections, including the 2016 election; part three introduces Page, part four reviews Page's denials of cooperation with the Russian government; and parts five and six, a total of five pages, are redacted.

The Steele dossier did not trigger Mueller's investigation.

In the Post piece, Winer related that while he was at the State Department, he repeatedly passed documents from Steele related to Russian Federation to State officials, including to Victoria Nuland, a career diplomat who worked under the Clintons and served as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs under Kerry.

The latest development turns on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's unprecedented decision to release the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant application against one-time Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.

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