Republicans concede key Federal Bureau of Investigation 'footnote' in Carter Page warrant

Yale Law clinic seeks surveillance records

Carter Page is a name at the center of the debate stirred up by the controversial "Nunes memo" alleging the Federal Bureau of Investigation abused its authority in its surveillance of the Trump campaign.

The memo also cites then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe as saying that the FBI could not have obtained the FISA warrant without the unverified Trump dossier produced by Steele. The memo disclosed the existence of multiple FISC orders authorizing the surveillance of Page after his departure from the Trump campaign.

"There was a lot of people advising", Page replied.

"We were part of an informal group", Page said, adding that they had met several times all over the globe.

Victor Podobnyy, a Russian intelligence agent who was claiming to work at Moscow's United Nations mission in NY, tried to recruit Page, according to court documents. "I would never have seen him in the center of concern like this, or playing a role or being seen as an intermediary between the Russian government and a political candidate", the editor said. The letter in which Page's own words appear was recently obtained by TIME. Podobnyy and one of the Russians had diplomatic immunity and left the U.S. The third Russian was arrested and eventually expelled from the U.S.in April 2017. Page says he had subsequent similar meetings, describing them to TIME as "really plain-vanilla stuff".

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"I certainly have been in a number of meetings with him and I've learned a tremendous amount from him", he said.

He has been on the FBI's radar since 2013 when he had contact with a Russian diplomat who just so happened to be charged with espionage two years later, the New York Daily News reports. McClatchy reported previous year that in 2008, the U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan sent a cable to the U.S. State Department describing how Page had met with government officials in the country, which was formerly part of the Soviet Union, about possibly working for their oil companies.

The New York Times, meanwhile has requested that the government turn over underlying documents that could show exactly what the warrant was based on.

At issue is whether the federal probe into the Trump campaign's Russian Federation ties is infected with political bias, as Republicans say - or whether the GOP is using deceitful tactics to quash the probe, as Democrats insist.

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