Trump Screams ‘Scam’ After FISA Warrants Authorizing Russia Investigation Released

Trump Screams ‘Scam’ After FISA Warrants Authorizing Russia Investigation Released

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As soon as the Department of Justice and FBI released redacted copies of the FISA warrants authorizing the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump predictably tried to turn it into a scandal by screaming “scam.”

The FBI released the documents on Saturday, and they clearly show that the warrants were properly signed off on after the Bureau provided cause to further investigate Trump adviser Carter Page for being a foreign agent.

According to CNN:

The document released Saturday, which is more than 400 pages and includes the initial October 2016 FISA warrant on Page as well as three subsequent renewals, says that the FBI “believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government.”

“The FBI believes that Page has been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government,” the application states, adding that “there is probable cause that such activities involve or are about to involve violations of the criminal statutes of the United States.”

The warrants were not only signed by Justice Department officials, including current Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, but also by FISA judges, many of whom were appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts.

Trump, of course, immediately took to Twitter to Sunday to demonize the FBI, the Justice Department, and even the judges in yet another effort to discredit the Russia investigation.

No, not “illegal.” Even if the Steele dossier was the spark that kicked off the investigation, it was first paid for by Republicans and some of it has been verified.

However, the dossier was not the FBI’s only reason to get a warrant. The FBI had already been investigating Page for his ties to Russia and Trump adviser George Papadopoulos talked to an Australian diplomat about getting “dirt” on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from the Russians.

As we all know, Trump campaign officials actually met with Russian agents at Trump Tower seeking that “dirt.”

On top of all that,  even Republicans poured cold water on Trump’s accusations that the FBI was “spying” on his campaign.

The bottom line is that Trump is desperate to end the investigation and he will say or do anything to discredit and undermine it, even make false claims about the FISA documents.

The FBI and Department of Justice followed proper procedure in getting the warrants. FISA judges signed off on those warrants, and the resulting Russia investigation has led to five guilty pleas, multiple indictments, and a mountain of information on Russian interference in the 2016 Election that Americans would not know anything about if Trump had his way.

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