The FBI obtained a warrant during the summer of 2016 for a foreign policy adviser to then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to determine whether he was in the employ of the Russian government as a secret agent, according to anonymous law enforcement and other U.S. officials.
The Washington Post reported that the FBI and Justice Department obtained a warrant for Carter Page, who was briefly on the staff of Trump's campaign. Those law enforcement departments are said to have convinced a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that there was enough suspicion about Page to obtain a warrant to place surveillance on his activities.
"This is the clearest evidence so far that the FBI had reason to believe during the 2016 presidential campaign that a Trump campaign adviser was in touch with Russian agents," The Washington Post noted.
Page denied he was a secret Russian agent working on behalf of the Russian government to sabotage the entire 2016 presidential election on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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‶This confirms all of my suspicions about unjustified, politically motivated government surveillance,″ Page said. ‶I have nothing to hide.″
"There have been various reports [about FISA documents and FBI surveillance of him]," Page added in a separate statement to CNN. "But I was so happy to hear that further confirmation is now being revealed. It shows how low the Clinton/Obama regime went to destroy our democracy and suppress dissidents who did not fully support their failed foreign policy. It will be interesting to see what comes out when the unjustified basis for those FISA requests are more fully disclosed over time, including potentially the Dodgy Dossier -- a document that clearly is false evidence, which could represent yet another potential crime."
It had previously been reported by multiple news outlets, including ABC News, that Page had been a target of a Russian spy operation in 2013. According to reports, Page gave documents about a private oil company to the undercover Russian spy, who had disguised himself as an oil executive.
That spy operation was uncovered by the FBI and Page was not charged with any wrongdoing at the time.
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Page has since been asked to testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee.
"He's certainly a person of interest, and I think at the appropriate time, we are going to want him to come before the committee," said Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, according to Politico.