Ever since the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller began, Donald Trump and his defenders have repeatedly claimed there is no evidence of collusion/conspiracy with Russia. Trump has even turned the matter into a sort of mantra, constantly tweeting out “no collusion” and calling the Mueller probe a “witch hunt.” They’ve also demanded that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants that kicked off the Russia probe be made public by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
But now that their wish has come true, the president and his supporters are probably wishing they could put the genie back in the bottle, because the DOJ has released the warrants in a redacted form, and they prove that the Trump campaign was indeed reaching out to — and making every effort to conspire with — Russia during the 2016 race.
“The target of this application is an agent of a foreign power.
“This application targets Carter Page. The FBI believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian Government [redacted] undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election in violation of U.S. criminal law. Page is a former foreign policy advisor to a Candidate for U.S. President (Candidate #1).
“As discussed below, Page has established relationships with Russian Government officials, including Russian intelligence officers. [redacted].”
So, the FBI had identified Page as an agent of a foreign power, in this case, Russia, which Page has numerous ties to and has also traveled to on dozens of occasions. That makes the next logical question: Why exactly would the Trump campaign be taking advice on foreign policy from a guy like Page who had endless connections to Moscow?
Let’s also keep in mind that Trump’s first campaign manager, Paul Manafort, also took millions from Russia and is now on trial for bank fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, and other crimes related to his activities with Russian individuals and companies.
Page and Manafort were as deep in the pocket of the Kremlin as two people can possibly be, and yet they were both working for Trump. Does that sound like a mere coincidence to you, especially when you consider that both Donald Trump Jr. and his brother, Eric, said the vast majority of funding for the Trump Organization’s projects came from Russian sources?
Looks like Trump should have been more careful asking for the release of those FISA warrants, because the unredacted facts in them clearly prove he’s been in bed with Russia for years. No collusion? If there was any more collusion, Trump would have to change his name to Ivan.