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FBI used Trump dossier to justify monitoring of ex-aide: report

FBI used Trump dossier to justify monitoring of ex-aide: report

Earlier this month, it was reported that Page had been in contact with a Russian spy back in 2013.

According to CNN, the Federal Bureau of Investigation used information from the "dirty dossier"-a 35-page document alleging deep ties between Trump and the Russian government first published by BuzzFeed-to help convince the FISC that Page merited surveillance".

In March, Comey confirmed for the first time that the agency is investigating Russian interference in last year's presidential election, including Moscow's possible collusion with President Donald Trump's campaign.

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that state-sponsored Russian hackers were responsible for the hacks, which drove public opinion downward about both the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

His trip to Russian Federation in July 2016 revived the FBI's interest, when he delivered a lecture at a graduation ceremony for the New Economic School.

Documents on the energy industry were handed over but Mr Page said he shared only "basic immaterial information and publicly available research documents". According to CNN, Page was invited in part because The Washington Post had cited him as a Trump campaign adviser, though he told the audience when he was there that he was not appearing as a Trump surrogate.

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In some of his briefings to members of Congress in recent weeks, FBI Director James Comey has cited the dossier as one of the sources of information the bureau has used to bolster its investigation, according to United States officials briefed on the probe.

Brown also emphasizes that Page is seen as someone on the campaign that had very little influence, meaning that this would be a situation where the Russian mistakenly used someone they felt had a lot of influence. Page eventually conceded that "if" there was "indisputable evidence" that Russians meddled in the election, he would be concerned.

Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, was ousted after it became clear that he had lied about communications with a senior Russian official. Sam Clovis, co-chairman of the campaign, helped gather the names that the candidate used. According to former Trump campaign officials, the two men have never met, though Page has said he attended meetings where Trump was present. They insisted he played a junior role and was not an influential figure.

The US president has denied any secret ties to Russian Federation.

Even though Page's time with the campaign was brief, his involvement caught the attention of intelligence officials.

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