In an attempt to deflect suspicion away from a recently revealed FISA warrant calling his former adviser Carter Page a conspirator with the Russian government, President Donald Trump looked to the words of his friend, Fox & Friends' Pete Hegseth. Now we know for certain: The unverified "Steele dossier" was used as evidence to get a warrant to spy on Page.
Also responding to the documents' release Saturday was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Release of the documents comes just over one week after Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers, accusing them of hacking Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton's campaign to steal documents, which were then publicly released.
"And neither has anyone else, or you may rest assured [Rep.] Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) would have leaked it", Gowdy said.
Democratic lawmakers like Schiff, the ranking minority member on the House Intelligence Committee, have zoned in on investigating whether Trump obstructed justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.
Page has denied being a Russian agent, and he has not been charged with any crime.
"And let's remember that application and those renewals have been vindicated in substantial part by Carter Page's own words in the letter I think you asked him about, and in which Carter Page acknowledged being an informal adviser to the Kremlin". "The FBI believes the Russian government's efforts are being coordinated with Page and perhaps other individuals associated with [Trump's] campaign", the application with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court said.
Trump is not named in the document but identified only as "Candidate #1". "The Rigged Witch Hunt, headed by the 13 Angry Democrats (and now 4 more have been added, one who worked directly for Obama W.H.), seems intent on damaging the Republican Party's chances in the November Election" President Trump tweeted.
The Trump administration has released a set of documents once deemed top secret relating to the wiretapping of a one-time adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
'Republicans must get tough now.
"I have a different view on this issue than the President and the White House", he said.
On CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Page called the documents a "complete joke" and insisted they overstated his relationships with the Russian government. He blamed Trump for making public House Republicans' initial memo about the FISA applications, a move by Trump that the congressman called "nakedly political and self-interested, and created to to (sic) interfere with the Special Counsel's investigation".
Graham insisted that the surveillance was "not at all" justified. Some details of the Steele dossier have been corroborated, although the document's most salacious claims remain unverified.
Worse, the memo alleges, the FISA court was not told that Steele's dossier was funded through a law firm by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.