Published: Tue, January 30, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

GOP Memo Reveals Rosenstein Approved Surveillance Of Carter Page

GOP Memo Reveals Rosenstein Approved Surveillance Of Carter Page

The memo, the Times reports, suggests Rosenstein didn't present a strong enough case to renew the warrant in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

The people who spoke to the Times argued that Rosenstein's renewal of a spy warrant on Carter Page, Trump's former campaign foreign policy adviser, "shows that the Justice Department under President Trump saw reason to believe that the associate, Carter Page, was acting as a Russian agent".

Republicans' secret memo - that they claim reveals evidence of an internal bias within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department - reportedly shows that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave the green light to extend surveillance of an aide for President Trump's campaign, according to new reporting from The New York Times.

The House Intelligence Committee could vote as early as Monday evening to release the controversial memo authored by committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-California) alleging surveillance abuses at the DOJ. But the reference to Rosenstein's actions in the memo - a much-disputed document that paints the investigation into Russian election meddling as tainted from the start - indicates that Republicans may be moving to seize on his role as they seek to undermine the inquiry.

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 would give President Trump five days to object; otherwise, the memo will be released. It has also been reported that he has testified before Special Counsel Robert Mueller's grand jury.

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Daniel Farber, a professor of constitutional law at Berkeley Law School, said that misrepresenting the warrant application would be one of the only ways Rosenstein's Justice Department could be accused of misconduct in this scenario.

Trump "has always been mistrustful" of Rosenstein, and is reportedly telling associates he is frustrated with the deputy attorney general, the Times reports.

"To the extent that the House, I think, has advocated that it's publicly released, I think the president is receptive to that", he said. Trump told The New York Times in an interview in July that he was unhappy with Rosenstein.

Reuters could not contact Carter Page for comment. In 2013, an investigation revealed that a Russian spy had tried to recruit him.

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