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Justice Department Discloses No FISA Court Hearing

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Just the Facts, Please

Who is Carter Page in relation to the United States government? Was it ever determined factually? Not by any FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) documentation, certainly. So, let us look at what was disclosed.

We learned that there were no court hearings held by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court regarding any FISA spy warrants for Carter Page. How is that possible? Even after these spy warrants were reissued three times? It is true these four warrants were controversial. Judicial Watch had to file a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to get the Department of Justice to respond to them and admit to the fact there were no hearings held on this matter.

If we go back and review the basic information we know about Carter Page, it would look like this- He is an oil industry consultant, primarily for Russia and Asia. He was a part-time foreign-policy adviser, in 2016, to Donald Trump during his campaign. Due to his ties with Russian officials, there were suspicions cast on him that he may have some link to Russian interference or collusion with Donald Trump during his 2016 election.

A Bit of Backstory

Carter Page was very fond of Russia. Over the years he worked for more than a couple of consulting firms of different sorts, based out of Moscow primarily. However, one of his previous employers, Ian Bremmer (at that time president of Eurasia Group) recalled that Page had a pro-Russian stance that was “not a good fit” for them, and Page was quite a “most wackadoodle” alumnus. Russian officials, though seemingly enthusiastic when speaking with Page, generally described him as an idiot.

Stephen Sestanovich from the same firm said Page’s foreign-policy perceptions had an “edgy Putinist resentment.” It seemed Page, over the years, began to be very critical of United States foreign policy when it came to Russia. A U.S. official once described Page as “a brazen apologist for anything Moscow did.” In 2013 he wrote, “Over the past half year, I have had the privilege to serve as an informal advisor to the staff of the Kremlin in preparation for their Presidency of the G-20 Summit next month, where energy issues will be a prominent point on the agenda.”

We May Never Know

Shortly after the news started reporting on his links to Putin and Russia, Carter Page resigned from his responsibilities in the Trump campaign. After his departure, Jason Miller, Director of Campaign Communications, said “He’s never been a part of our campaign. Period.” Soon after, the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained a warrant, the judge believing Page could potentially be a foreign agent, and so it began. So, who is he? Choices range from Part-time campaign help, a spy, an oil consultant, poor at his job, and an apologist.

We may never know. When a dynamic group like Judicial Watch submits four spy warrant applications, and no hearings are held, that is problematic. Especially when it is not until Judicial Watch requests transcripts and the reply is “No such hearings were held with respect to the acknowledged FISA applications. Accordingly, no responsive hearing transcripts exist.”

Innocent?

Many people believe Carter Page to be completely innocent of any wrongdoing and chastise the FBI (for example) for going over-the-top. That may very well be true. The Hill says this: “Is Page an active Russian spy, being allowed to run loose and undermine our civilization for reasons unknown? Or was the FBI’s judgment so poor that its top agents targeted an innocent man, violating his civil rights in the most intrusive way, stubbornly refusing to back off when the evidence wasn’t there?”

“Or were the FBI agents so incompetent — and Page so clever — that he spied right under their noses, but they were unable to find a shred of evidence while monitoring his communications and movements day in and day out? Or was the FBI improperly using Page as their best shot at a secret window into a political campaign and a president they opposed? Whatever Page’s relationship with the FBI, it’s complicated. Good points, all.

Rene' Rights / Journalist
I am an instinctual writer. From penning Haiku as a teen to taking a couple writing classes in college, I have always sought to express myself through the written word. Now that I enjoy early retirement, I turn to every platform I can to support President Trump’s agenda.
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