The FBI has released documents related to the surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page، as part of an investigation into whether he conspired with the Russian government to undermine the 2016 US election، The Guardian reported.
A surveillance application filed in October 2016، a month before polling day، said: “The FBI believes that Page has been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government.”
Page has denied being an agent of the Russian government and has not been charged with any crime.
In an interview with CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday، Page reiterated his denials and described the FBI’s application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (Fisa) court as “so ridiculous it’s beyond words”. He accused law enforcement of misleading the court.
“I’ve never been an agent of a foreign power by any stretch of the imagination،” he said.
The 412 pages of documents، heavily redacted and made public by the FBI late on Saturday، included surveillance applications and warrants. The documents said “the FBI believes that the Russian government’s efforts are being coordinated with Page and perhaps other individuals associated with” Trump’s campaign. It added Page “has established relationships with Russian government officials، including Russian intelligence officers”.
On CNN the former foreign policy adviser and energy consultant declined to answer four times whether he had relationships with Russian officials and declined to elaborate on an academic letter he wrote in 2013، in which he described himself as an “informal adviser” to the Kremlin.
According to allegations in the documents Page، who lived in Moscow between 2004 and 2007، met a number of senior allies to President Vladimir Putin during a July 2016 trip to Russia. The claims were first made in the now notorious dossier authored by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.