The FBI released 412 pages of documents on its case against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page - the evidence it used to win a surveillance order that lies at the heart of Republican claims of bias in the Department of Justice.
In March 2017, before news of the FISA warrant became public, Page sent a letter to the Senate intelligence committee saying he may have been wiretapped during the time he spent at Trump Tower for the campaign.
Democrats rebutted the claims, writing that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ would have been "remiss in their duty to protect the country had they not sought a FISA warrant and repeated renewals to conduct temporarily surveillance of" Page, "someone the Federal Bureau of Investigation assessed to be an agent of the Russian government". It added Page "has established relationships with Russian Government officials, including Russian intelligence officers". "Mr. Page is a former foreign policy adviser to a candidate for USA president". "Mr. Page is a former foreign policy adviser to a candidate for USA president". He distanced himself from the Trump campaign in September 2016 while under scrutiny.
Last week, a federal grand jury charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016, in the most detailed US accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the presidential election to help Trump.
The memo was prepared for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and was just released by the Department of Justice under a Freedom of Information Act request. Earlier this year, thirteen other Russians and three Russian companies were indicted on charges of conspiring to interfere with the election.