Trump calls Russian election meddling claims "big hoax"

Trump calls Russian election meddling claims

Trump calls Russian election meddling claims "big hoax"

Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday, the Florida Republican told host Jake Tapper he has a "different view" on the meaning of the documents from Trump, who tweeted hours earlier that they prove his campaign was being "illegally spied upon".

Camerota pointed out that Trump "insulted the US on the world stage as he stood next to Vladimir Putin", and Caputo argued that the president was merely "expressing his distrust for the American intelligence organizations that tried to stop him from being president, and are trying to remove him today".

President Donald Trump claimed newly released documents underlying the FBI's surveillance of a former campaign adviser show the controversial Steele dossier was responsible for triggering the investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The application confirms one part of the battle over Page's wiretapping-that the Federal Bureau of Investigation relied partly on information from a dossier by ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, which said Page had met with top Russian representatives on a 2016 trip to Moscow.

Steele also alleged in the dossier that Page worked with Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to exchange information with Russian operatives. That section of the application is titled: "Page's Denial of Cooperation With the Russian Government".

"The footnote disclosing Steele's possible bias takes up more than a full page in the applications, so there is literally no way the FISA Court could have missed it", he said. The investigation was initiated in July 2016, the same month Page went to Russia, where the FBI says he met "with at least two Russian officials during this trip".

The 412 pages, mostly heavily redacted, included surveillance applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and warrants surrounding the investigation into Page.

"These national security considerations were cast aside by President Trump, whose decision to declassify the Nunes memo - which misrepresented and distorted these applications - over the fervent opposition of the Department of Justice, was nakedly political and self-interested, and created to interfere with the special counsel's investigation", he said.

Mueller's team reportedly informed President Trump's lawyers in March that he is not a criminal target himself in the Russian Federation investigation.

The release of the papers sparked a ruckus on Twitter, with Trump opponents rejoicing that one of his former associates have been supposedly caught red-handed in collusion with the Russians.

Indictments issued by Special Counsel Robert Mueller so far have either been for crimes unrelated to the election campaign, as in the case of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort who was charged with money laundering charges that predated the Trump campaign, or relate to Russian nationals who allegedly used social media or hacking to interfere with the elections.

The documents released yesterday include an initial application and requests for renewals which were filed in 2017 - after Mr Trump took office. In the documents, Page is described as possibly "collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government". "They laid out all the information ― and there was a lot of reasons. for why they wanted to look at Carter Page".

Last week, a federal grand jury charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016, in the most detailed United States accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the presidential election to help Trump.

Carter Page was Donald Trump's former foreign policy advisor. And the Carter Page situation both exacerbates and epitomizes it. Page has denied acting inappropriately and told The Hill on Saturday that he believes the majority of the document is "complete ignorance and/or insanity".

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