Republican House Judiciary chairman demands secretive DOJ court release Carter Page surveillance intel
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is calling on the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to release more information about their surveillance of one-time Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
CNN reported Wednesday that Goodlatte made the request to the court’s presiding judge last month prior to the release of the House Intelligence Committee’s controversial memo alleging FBI surveillance abuses, which hinges on documents the FBI used to get the FISA court’s approval to spy on Page.
“I am shocked by media reports that the FBI may have relied upon an unsubstantiated ‘dossier’ which makes ‘salacious and unverified’ claims against President Trump,” Goodlatte wrote in his January 16 letter, referencing the Fusion GPS dossier alleging ties between Trump and Russia.
The extent to which the FBI used the Fusion GPS dossier remains undisclosed because the intelligence committee’s four-page memo, released last Friday, does not include the underlying warrant and subsequent renewals for Page’s surveillance.
Despite the GOP’s insistence that the dossier was the motivating factor in Page’s surveillance during his time on the Trump campaign, reporting before and after the memo’s release shows the former aide’s ties to the Kremlin were known to the FBI, and he had been surveilled under FISA since 2014.