Last summer, the FBI obtained a court order to monitor then-Trump adviser Carter Page. We’ve just learned that the agency used the infamous Trump dossier, published last January, as proof in obtaining the warrant.
The dossier, which we believe is fake, seemed to prove that the Russian government was in cahoots with Donald Trump. The document also contains allegations that Carter Page had been offered stake in Russia’s state oil company if he could facilitate the removal of US sanctions on Russia:
“Sechin's associate said that the Rosneft president was so keen to lift personal and corporate western sanctions imposed on the company, that he offered Page and his associates the brokerage of up to a 19% (privatised) stake in Rosneft," reads the dossier. "In return, Page had expressed interest and confirmed that were Trump elected US president, then sanctions on Russia would be lifted.”
Intel officials say the FBI would have had to investigate the dossier’s claims (which have not been verified) before presenting them to the FISA court. The “dirty dossier” could not have been the agency’s only evidence for obtaining the warrant.
Page says he is innocent of wrongdoing and plans to sue Obama officials for civil rights violations. “I look forward to the Privacy Act of 1974 lawsuit that I plan to file in response to the civil rights violations by Obama administration appointees last year… The discovery process will be of great value to the US, as our nation hears testimony from them under oath, and we receive disclosure of the documents which show what exactly was done in 2016.”
Author's Note: The long and short of this is that the FBI used a fake report to generate a court order to spy on a Trump associate. If Carter Page’s lawsuit does happen, perhaps we will get to the bottom of this.