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FBI Failed To Disclose That Carter Page Was ‘Operational Contact’ For CIA, Was Given ‘Positive Assessment’

The FBI failed to inform surveillance court judges that Carter Page was an “operational contact” for the CIA for years, and that an employee at the spy agency gave the former Trump aide a “positive assessment,” according to a Justice Department report released on Monday.

The finding is included in a list of seven of the FBI’s “significant inaccuracies and omissions” in applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against Page, a longtime energy consultant who joined the Trump campaign in March 2016.

The report says that the FBI “omitted” information it obtained from another U.S. government agency about its prior relationship with Page.

The agency approved Page as an “operational contact” from 2008 to 2013, according to the report.

“Page had provided information to the other agency concerning his prior contacts with certain Russian intelligence officers, one of which overlapped with facts asserted in the FISA application,” the report says.

Page told The Daily Caller News Foundation he believes the agency in question is the CIA. Page has previously said that he provided information to the CIA and FBI before becoming ensnared in the bureau’s investigation of the Trump campaign.

The report says that an employee with the CIA assessed that Page “candidly” described contact he had with a Russian intelligence officer in 2014. But the FBI cited Page’s contact with the officer to assert in its FISA applications that there was probable cause to believe that Page was working as a Russian agent.

The IG faulted the FBI for failing to disclose to FISA judges that Page was an operational contact for the CIA for five years, and that “Page had disclosed to the other agency contacts that he had with Intelligence Officer 1 and certain other individuals.

The report also says that the FBI omitted that “the other agency’s employee had given a positive assessment of Page’s candor.”

The IG said that the FBI’s failure to disclose Page’s relationship with the CIA “was particularly concerning” because an FBI attorney had specifically asked an FBI case agent whether Page had a current or prior relationship with the other federal agency.

The FBI agent falsely asserted that Page’s relationship was “outside scope” of the investigation because it dated back to when Page lived in Moscow from 2004 to 2007.

“This representation, however, was contrary to information that the other agency had provided to the FBI in August 2016, which stated that Page was approved as an ‘operational contact’ of the other agency from 2008 to 2013 (after Page had left Moscow),” the IG report says.

The report also says that Page’s CIA contacts considered him to have been candid about his interactions with a suspected Russian intelligence officer who was later indicted for acting as an unregistered agent of Russia.

The CIA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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  2. What a country! What a Federal Bureau of Investigation! What a crock!!! Get asked to serve your country and find out that what they really meant was to serve THEM and their corrupt purposes. An honorable person with even a smidgen of a conscience would be ashamed, but those protecting the corrupt swamp no longer have that component of guidance. At some level I know that it doesn’t apply to everyone, but at the same time there is an impulse to demand and enforce firing every “civil” (and THAT is a misnomer) “servant” (and so is that) in Washington, D.C. and starting completely over…not replacing all, but only a few as needed). Frankly, it behavior like this that was suspected and was felt to exist that led to a rejection of the status quo (Queen Hillary) and insist on trying to through out the garbage by putting a “non club member” (Trump) into the office of President. We were right in our suspicions and he HAS been trying…that is why the bureaucrats and elected members of the “club” hate and fear him so. We all would be wise to reflect on the following: in 1909 the membership in the House of Representatives was capped at 435. At that time each member represented 30,000 voters. As of 2017, each member “represented” 420,000 people. Do any of you seriously thing that “your” Representative cares what YOU think?

    1. Apologies for un-caught typos: line nine, the word should have been “throw” not “through”, and the number represented by each member of the House of representatives in 2017 was 720,000 …NOT 420,000. My bad.

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