WHOA: Sketchy Trump-Russia Dossier Was Used By FBI To Request Wiretap on Trump Associate
Remember that sketchy dossier that had all kinds of unverified, salacious allegations about President Donald Trump's connections to Russia? It was reportedly used by the FBI to request a wiretap on one of Trump's associates.
CNN reports that the FBI used the dossier to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to conduct surveillance against Carter Page, a national security advisor to the Trump campaign.
The report noted that any information used from the dossier to obtain the warrant would have had to have been "corroborated" by the FBI but "officials would not say what or how much was corroborated."
Here's what the dossier had on Page:
The dossier alleges that Page met senior Russian officials as an emissary of the Trump campaign, and discussed quid-pro-quo deals relating to sanctions, business opportunities and Russia's interference in the election. Page has denied meeting the officials named in the dossier and says he never cut any political deals with the Kremlin.
During the campaign, he traveled to Russia in July, where he gave a lecture critical of US policy toward Russia. That trip drew the attention of the FBI and raised concerns about Page's contacts with suspected Russian operatives, according to US officials briefed on the matter. Page has said he made the trip independent of the Trump campaign and his speech reflected his own views.
There is not any evidence yet to suggest that Page colluded with the Russians; in fact, Page stated that he would be filing a lawsuit against members of the Obama administration for violating his privacy rights.
To recap, the dossier used by the FBi "included wild sexual allegations about Trump, Russian prostitutes, and urinating on a bed," according to The Daily Wire's James Barrett. The existence of the dossier was first reported by CNN, then Buzzfeed published the contents of the dossier; none of the dossier's allegations have been proven to be true.
If CNN's report is true that the FBI used that dossier to request a wiretap against Page, then it is rather disconcerting that the FBI was political enough to use a sketchy dossier to monitor a Trump associate; adding another twist to the scandal that the Obama administration spied on various members of the Trump team.