Donald Trump on Sunday lashed out at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice, which released over 400 pages of its initial and renewed Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act requests pertaining to Carter Page, Trump's ex-foreign policy adviser.
One of Trump's top defenders in the House - Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) - also attacked the FBI's application to wiretap Page an interview on Fox News's "Sunday Morning Futures".
Page's denial on Sunday (Monday NZT) was his first public response to the release on Saturday of a wiretap application that said he engaged in "clandestine intelligence activities" on behalf of Russian Federation.
He has also reportedly testified to a grand jury empaneled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, though the former Trump aide has refused to confirm or deny his interactions with Mueller's team.
The FBI, in its initial application the month before Mr. Trump won the election, said it "believes that the Russian Government's efforts are being coordinated with Page and perhaps other individuals associated with Candidate #1's campaign".
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that Trump was "obviously" referring to allegations of collusion between his presidential campaign and Russian agents.
Burr and Nunes have been on opposite sides of a number of key issues related to the Justice Department and intelligence community's handling of Russian interference in the 2016 election. The FBI said in the application that Steele wasn't told who had hired him to conduct that work, but that Steele "was likely looking for information that could be used to discredit" Trump's campaign.
At a joint news conference, Trump failed to confront the Russian leader over Moscow's alleged election interference and appeared to side with the Kremlin over US intelligence agencies.
Page has never been charged with a crime and strenuously denies that he was ever a foreign agent.
SAVAGE: The New York Times and several other news organizations - USA Today, Gizmodo and then Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group - all filed Freedom of Information Act lawsuits seeking their disclosure after President Trump declassified the existence of this wiretapping in February to allow Devin Nunes to make his case.
President Donald Trump claimed newly released documents underlying the FBI's surveillance of a former campaign adviser show the controversial Steele dossier was responsible for triggering the investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
"I don't think it's part of any broader plot", he said.
Page has denied being an agent of Russian Federation, which he repeated Sunday to CNN, saying, "No". Mr Trump has labelled the investigation a "witch hunt". "I don't put a lot of credibility into what they say". FISA applications include matters that by their very nature implicate sources and methods of intelligence gathering, and anyone who has worked in this field knows that even discussing the existence of a FISA warrant is forbidden.