Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Trump once again calls for end to Mueller probe

Trump once again calls for end to Mueller probe

The Justice Department on Saturday released 412 pages of top-secret documents related to surveillance warrants on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. At a joint news conference, Trump failed to confront the Russian leader over Moscow's alleged election interference and appeared to side with the Kremlin over USA intelligence agencies. "The FBI believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government".

US President Donald Trump called once again Monday for an end to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian Federation interference in the 2016 election, insisting it has been "discredited".

FISA warrants are among the most intrusive ways a person can be spied on.

Republicans have previously pointed to the warrant's reliance on the Steele dossier - which was initially commissioned by a firm that had been contracted by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign - as evidence that the warrant was improperly granted, due to the dossier's alleged bias.

"The FBI speculates that the identified USA person was likely looking for information that could be used to discredit Candidate #1's campaign", it says. "And we know they didn't tell the court that Christopher Steele was out leaking information" to the press, Jordan (pictured above right) said. But Trump cast doubt once again in a Sunday tweet, diminishing at least the significance, if not the existence, of the interference and the U.S. investigation into Russia's actions. Gowdy, who in his role as chairman of the House Oversight Committee was briefed on the FBI's use of confidential sources to speak to members of Trump's team, said in May the bureau did "exactly" what it should have with confidential sources based on the information it had received.

'I don't think they did anything wrong, ' the Republican senator from Florida said of the FBI's surveillance activities, speaking on Sunday in an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN's State Of The Union. The application explains that "Source #1" was hired to do research on "Candidate #1's ties to Russia" that "could be used to discredit" his campaign.

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The FBI's Russia investigation began in the summer of 2016 when investigators learned that a Trump campaign foreign policy aide, George Papadopoulos, had been importuned by Russian intelligence operatives in London.

But lawmakers from both political parties said that the documents don't show wrongdoing and that they even appear to undermine some previous claims by top Republicans on the basis for obtaining a warrant against Page. All four submissions were approved by Republican-appointed federal judges, most recently in June 2017.

"They can judge for themselves, but I will tell you it does not support the issuance of a warrant against Mr. Page", he said.

But after Nunes issued a subpoena to gain access to the documents, he used a House procedure to make public classified materials, so long as the White House did not object. Ted Cruz, then the Clinton campaign, and was therefore partisan and to be dismissed. He left the Trump campaign in September 2016 after reports surfaced about his meetings with Russian contacts.

Trump also continued to tweet Sunday about the document's release, quoting Fox News' Pete Hegseth and Andrew McCarthy.

It's also not correct to call the Steele dossier a "Clinton Campaign document".

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