GOP Memo Reveals Rosenstein Approved Surveillance Of Carter Page

The secret memo states that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein moved to extend surveillance of former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page in spring 2017 because he had reason to believe Page was acting on behalf of the Russian government, The New York Times reported.

Rosenstein, also a Republican, took office in April after being nominated by Trump.

Rosenstein reportedly approved an application to extend surveillance of former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page because the Justice Department had reason to believe he was acting as a foreign agent for Russian Federation, according to three people familiar with the matter who spoke with the Times.

Page told The Daily Caller last week that he "very much" hopes that the push to release the FISA memo will be successful.

The FBI had been tracking Page, who was previously based in Moscow, since 2013, but was never charged with any wrongdoing.

The memo says the Justice Department relied partly on information compiled by Christopher Steele when it initially persuaded the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to approve surveillance of Page, according to three anonymous sources who spoke with the New York Times.

Because Rosenstein extended the surveillance, the memo alleges, it is possible he did so on the basis of unverified information - and tarnished the name of a high-profile Trump associate in the process. The White House has indicated that President Trump will not object to the release of the document, which was put together by House Intel chairman Devin Nunes, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy and Republican staff on the Intelligence Committee.

"Based on numerous news reports, top officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation have engaged in conduct that shows bias against President Trump and bias for Hillary Clinton", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told the Times in a statement.

The committee could hold a vote on the memo as early as Monday. The hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo has gone viral.

Committee Democrats told The Hill the Republican memo is full of misleading points and have prepared their own to rebut the document.

The former investment banker and Navy officer took a personal trip to Moscow to deliver a speech at a graduation ceremony in July 2016, which fueled nascent allegations that Trump was somehow colluding with Russian Federation.

The White House, which has not viewed the memo, has signaled support for its release.

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