Published: Tue, January 30, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

We may now know why Trump wants the controversial Russian Federation memo released


Rangappa noted that the surveillance of Page began in September of 2016 so the FISA warrant had already been extended at least once by the time Rosenstein began overseeing the Russian Federation investigation in March of 2017.

The renewal indicates the Justice Department still believed Page, a former investment banker, acted as an agent for Russian Federation.

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. 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. But the reference to Mr. Rosenstein's actions in the memo - a much-disputed document that paints the investigation into Russian election meddling as tainted from the start - indicates that Republicans may be moving to seize on his role as they seek to undermine the inquiry.

Trump may want the memo released because he thinks it vindicates his fears about the investigation and shows that members of his circle were targeted by the Justice Department based on unverified information. "While President Trump has the utmost respect and support for the rank-and-file members of the F.B.I., the anti-Trump bias at the top levels that appear to have existed is troubling".

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Daniel Farber, a professor of constitutional law at Berkeley Law School, said that misrepresenting the warrant application would be one of the only ways Rosenstein's Justice Department could be accused of misconduct in this scenario.

Reuters could not contact Carter Page for comment.

It could also be the case, multiple experts said, that Trump hopes firing the deputy attorney general will allow him to appoint someone more amenable in Rosenstein's place. Without mentioning the Republican memo, he said that federal investigations must be free of bias, and that he would not condone "a culture of defensiveness". When Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey in May, Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller to lead a special counsel.

Russian agents tried to recruit Page to spy on the USA, a 2013 probe revealed, which Page has said he rebuffed.

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