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How Carter Page ended up under FBI surveillance on Russia connections

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Carter PageCarter Page was a foreign policy adviser on the Trump campaign.AP

Carter Page, a former investment banker and foreign policy adviser for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, is at the center of another partisan fight.

Documents released on Saturday detail the FBI’s Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) applications to surveil him in order to investigate whether Page was working with Russia to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.

President Donald Trump has seized on the documents to claim his campaign was illegally spied on. Democrats, and some Congressional Republicans, have said they show investigators did nothing wrong, and actually show that Page was an “agent of a foreign power”, as the documents allege.

Page was previously at the center of an intense debate over a classified memo about the FISA applications that Republicans said exposed corruption at the highest levels of the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The memo accused top officials at the FBI and DOJ of misleading federal judges in seeking the warrants needed to extend secret surveillance of Page during and after the 2016 presidential election.

Here’s what you should know about Carter Page:

While Page has touted his credentials as an expert on the Russian energy market, a handful of other experts in the field told Politico they didn’t even know who he was.

While Page has touted his credentials as an expert on the Russian energy market, a handful of other experts in the field told Politico they didn't even know who he was.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to Igor Sechin, Rosneft oil company CEO in 2012.Sergey Ponomarev/AP

Source: Global Energy Capital

Over the course of his career in foreign policy, Page has not shied away from criticizing what he has described as US hypocrisy toward Russia. According to the Washington Post, Page has praised Putin as a better leader than former President Barack Obama.

Over the course of his career in foreign policy, Page has not shied away from criticizing what he has described as US hypocrisy toward Russia. According to the Washington Post, Page has praised Putin as a better leader than former President Barack Obama.

Page speaks to the New Economic School in Moscow in July 2016.Youtube

Source: The Washington Post

Over the years, Page’s dealings in Russia caught the attention of US government officials, who suspected that he may be working as an agent of Moscow. Intelligence officials knew of him as far back as 2013, well before he joined the Trump campaign.

Over the years, Page's dealings in Russia caught the attention of US government officials, who suspected that he may be working as an agent of Moscow. Intelligence officials knew of him as far back as 2013, well before he joined the Trump campaign.

Associated Press/Pavel Golovkin

Source: The Wall Street Journal 

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