Carter Page surveillance warrant lacked probable cause, DOJ document reveals

by Jordyn Pair · Jan 24th, 2020 9:49 am

At least two of the four applications from the FBI to secretly monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page failed to meet legal thresholds for probable cause, according to newly declassified documentation from the Justice Department released Thursday.

The documentation reveals that the warrants to surveil Page did not meet minimum requirements for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and should have never been issued. The application renewals had "insufficient predication to establish probable cause to believe that Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power," according to the DOJ.

The DOJ deemed two of the warrants invalid, including a June 2017 warrant that was approved by then-Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The April 2017 warrant renewal was approved by then-FBI Director James Comey.

"Today's unprecedented court filing represents another step on the road to recovery for America's deeply damaged judicial system," Page told Fox News. "I hope that this latest admission of guilt for these civil rights abuses by the Justice Department marks continued progress towards restoring justice and remedying these reputationally ruinous injuries."