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Sat Jan 25, 2020, 09:42 PM

FBI says monitoring of ex-Trump aide should've ended sooner

Source: Associated Press

The Justice Department has concluded that it should have ended its surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser earlier than it did because there was “insufficient predication" to continue eavesdropping

By The Associated Press
January 25, 2020, 5:42 PM
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WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department has concluded that it should have ended its surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser earlier than it did because there was “insufficient predication" to continue eavesdropping, according to an order made public Thursday by a secretive intelligence court.

The FBI obtained a warrant in 2016 to eavesdrop on former Trump national security aide Carter Page on suspicions that he was secretly a Russian agent. The Justice Department renewed the warrant three times, including during the early months of the Trump administration.

But the Justice Department's inspector general has harshly criticized the FBI's handing of those applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. It says the FBI omitted from the court key details that undercut their original premise about Page, who has denied any wrongdoing and was never charged as part of the investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

In an order made public Thursday, the court's chief judge, James Boasberg, says the Justice Department informed the court last month that two of the four applications were invalid because “there was insufficient predication to establish probable cause to believe that (Carter) Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power."

Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/fbi-monitoring-trump-aide-shouldve-ended-sooner-68534753

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jan 25, 2020, 09:51 PM

1. I've come full circle

I now doubt the FBI again as I did when, under J Edgar Hoover, they were busy enforcing the status quo by smearing John Lennon, Martin Luther King, and every other ‘60s free-thinker.

Why are they even speculating again about their behavior four years ago?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jan 25, 2020, 09:51 PM

2. They sure had no problem stretching out the investigation into HRC emails though. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jan 25, 2020, 09:52 PM

3. OMG seriously? Carter Page was already in trouble for helping

the Russians in 2014 , then again in 2016. This MF should be under surveillance for the rest of his life.
Unbelievable.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jan 25, 2020, 10:30 PM

4. The day they take that SOB's name off the building, I'll revist my opinions about the FBI

until then I know who they are.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jan 25, 2020, 10:32 PM

5. Sure, we believe the FBI nowadays when Barr is there

Putin is so happy, trump is the best investments he has ever made, trump is the gift that keeps on giving.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jan 25, 2020, 11:42 PM

6. Substitute 'william barr' for either 'fbi' or 'the justice department' and this will make more sense

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 12:16 AM

7. wow.... so i guess this means drumpf never did anything wrong....

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 07:44 AM

8. Trump should have been impeached in his first six months.

Public opinion was on our side, we would have succeeded if the effort was made right after he was elected.

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Response to NecklyTyler (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 10:47 AM

10. That wouldve failed miserably

There would have been far less to go on compared to now & would've just looked like sour grapes
IMO anyway

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Response to oldsoftie (Reply #10)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 12:17 PM

13. It is thinking like yours that prevented impeachment when it was first possible.

There was evidence of Russian collusion.
There was evidence he was morally and ethically unfit to hold office.
He had no knowledge in the operation of Government.
Trump had not cemented his power in the Government.

And most of all, public opinion was against him. He would have been impeached if the case was made early.

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Response to NecklyTyler (Reply #13)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 03:59 PM

14. But it still would've failed miserably. The GOP controlled the House until last year.

Al Green introduced impeachment articles more than once i believe.
Any evidence available THEN is available NOW.
Nancy Pelosi was right from the start.
How was public opinion against him more back then than it is now? He's more popular NOW than in '17?? I doubt it.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 07:55 AM

9. In the end, Carter Page wasn't even a bit player. He was deemed too dim to be a Russian spy.

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Response to Vinca (Reply #9)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 10:48 AM

11. Never go with a guy with 2 last names

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 11:34 AM

12. Note that the 2 extensions questioned both happened in the Trump administration

The first one was October 2016 and then there were 3 month extensions.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 04:18 PM

15. So, like Trump, a useful idiot.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 06:03 PM

16. The Russians thought he was an idiot

They probably stopped using him.

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