Wednesday, April 12, 2017

FBI Got Warrant to Monitor Trump Adviser Carter Page

The FBI obtained a Secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Warrant last summer to monitor the Communications of Carter Page, an Adviser to Trump while he was a Presidential Candidate, as part of an Investigation into possible links between Russia and the Campaign.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and, Department of Justice (DOJ) obtained Warrant targeting Page’s Communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Judge that there was a cause to believe Page was acting as an Agent of Russia, the officials said.

Page has not been accused of any Crimes and has repeatedly denied Wrongdoing. In an interview on Tuesday, he said he had nothing to hide.

The U.S. Deported a former New York Banker to Russia who allegedly tried to Recruit Page an ex-Adviser to President Trump and was convicted and Imprisoned being a Spy for Moscow.

Evgeny Buryakov, 42, worked as an Employee in the New York office of the Russian Bank Vnesheconombank before being Convicted of Operating as an Agent of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Agency without following U.S. Law requiring he Register as an Agent of a Foreign Government, according to a statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"Buryakov worked in the United States for almost four years as an agent of Russia’s foreign intelligence agency, known as the SVR," according to the statement. "Buryakov operated under non-official cover, meaning he entered and remained in the United States as a private citizen, posing as an employee in the New York office of a Russian bank, Vnesheconombank (VEB)."

Buryakov and two other Russian Spies targeted for Recruitment U.S. Energy Consultant Carter Page, once listed by President Trump as one of his Foreign Policy Advisers, BuzzFeed News reported on April 3rd. Page has denied any improprieties in his Contacts with Russian officials and intermediaries. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said last month that Page had minimal if any involvement in Trump’s Presidential Campaign.

According to a FBI Criminal Complaint filed in 2015, Buryakov and two other Russian Intelligence Operatives identified as Victor Podobnyy and Igor Sporyshev discussed trying to recruit Page as an Asset in 2013. Podobnyy and Sporyshev were also charged by the U.S. but were afforded Diplomatic Immunity and left the Country, the Justice Department said in a statement.

Page was not named in the Complaint but he Confirmed to BuzzFeed that he was the person being discussed as a potential Asset by the Russians. Page knew he was the person because he was interviewed by FBI agents in 2013 as part of their Investigation, according to BuzzFeed.

There’s no evidence Page did anything wrong and the Recruitment effort occurred about three years before Page was identified by Trump as being an Adviser.

The FBI is investigating Russia’s efforts to meddle in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election and whether anyone associated with Trump colluded with Moscow to do so. Page is among a handful of officials connected to Trump the FBI has been examining.

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