Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to President Trump’s campaign says a report the FBI obtained a secret court order to monitor his communications last summer are “very encouraging,” because it shows he is being made a political scapegoat in the investigations into potential ties between Trump associates and the Russian government, reports Politico. Page said “further confirmation is now being revealed” about how he has been the subject of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISA, warrant. Targets of them are not notified. The Washington Post reported that the FBI had compiled a lengthy file and obtained a FISA warrant against Page in July because there was probable cause to believe the energy consultant was acting as an agent of a foreign power.
Page told Politico he was being investigated, at least in part, for remarks he has made – including during a speech in Russia last year – that were highly critical of U.S. energy policy. The FISA court was created after a series of embarrassing disclosures about how the U.S. government improperly spied on dissenters. Despite claims by Page and others that FISA warrants have been used to gather intelligence for political reasons, the application process has layers of oversight to prevent that from happening.