By Jon Dougherty
In what is further proof the Obama regime’s deep state actors were desperate to infiltrate the 2016 Trump campaign, then-foreign policy adviser Carter Page said deep state intel asset Stefan Halper “intensified” communications with him as the FBI worked to obtain a spy warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court.
In an interview withÂ Fox Business‘ Maria Bartiromo for “Sunday Morning Futures,” Page said that the surveillance warrant activity increasedÂ shortly after he and Halper metÂ for the first timeÂ at a research institute symposium in Cambridge, England, in July 2016.
Page’s comments follow a court filing Thursday by the Justice Department in which more details were provided regarding that critical period right before Halper allegedly acted on behalf of his FBI handlers to get additional information on POTUS Donald Trump’s future National Security Adviser and retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who headed up the Defense Intelligence Agency for a time during the Obama regime.
According to Page, just a few days after a January 2016 phone call from Flynn, then the incoming national security adviser, to Russian AmbassadorÂ Sergey Kislyak that was noted to in the court filing,Â Russian-born U.K. academicÂ Svetlana LokhovaÂ said Halper suddenly contacted her to gain information on Flynn.
When asked about the timing of all of this, a source familiar with the various events noted that “nothing is a coincidence” when it comes to Stefan Halper, noting further that Kislyak was most likely under U.S. surveillance because he is a Russian official.
Interestingly, Page said he and Halper go back years in terms of knowing each other.
“I had a longstanding relationship with Professor Halper,” Page told Bartiromo.Â “I always believe in ‘innocent until proven guilty,’Â but my conversations with him intensified right in the month before myÂ illegitimateÂ FISA warrantÂ in September 2016, when all these defamatory articles are being placed by the [Democratic National Committee].”
Fox News noted further:
PageÂ has sued the DNC and other actors for defamationÂ related to accusations that he was colluding with Russian agents. The FBI, in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) application, flatly called Page “an agent of a foreign power.” Page has not been charged with any wrongdoing despite months of surveillance, and the dossier that the FBI relied upon in its FISA applicationÂ has largely been discreditedÂ as aÂ political document rife with inaccuracies.
In its warrant application, the FBIÂ assured the FISA court on numerous occasionsÂ that other sources independently corroborated the dossier’s claimsÂ but did not clearly state that the dossier’s authorÂ worked for a firm hired by Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
“Professor Halper was being very positive, you know, like a Harriet Tubman figure. He understands sort of the the injustices, or he presented himself as understanding that …… and I sort of trusted him,” Page said.
According to what’s been publicly divulged thus far, the FBI formally opened its counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign July 31, 2016 — or several days after Page said he first met Halper at the symposium. As the probe into ‘Russiagate’ by Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham continues, we may eventually learn that the Obama regime actually began its “Spygate” operation much sooner, some have speculated.
As for the FBI’s behavior, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has said he believes James Comey’s FBI excluded exculpatory evidence against Page when it filed for the FISA warrants.
“There is exculpatory evidence that we have seen, of classified documents that need to be declassified,” Nunes toldÂ Fox News‘ Sean Hannity in August 2018.
When pressed, Nunes added, “In that the Carter Page FISA, when the judges should have been presented with this exculpatory evidence that the FBI and DOJ had.”
Later, during often explosive testimony before the House, fired FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok swore he provided no substantive input on the applicationâ€”he didnâ€™t supply any evidence for it and was not involved in presenting it to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for approval, according to these sources,Â notedÂ The Daily Beastâ€™s Betsy Woodruff.
However, documents that were released in July 2018 madeÂ clear that Strzok did indeedÂ provide info that was utilized to secure FISA warrants against Page.
In August 2018, reported investigative journalist Sara A. Carter, a Pentagon whistleblower confirmed that Halper was indeed part of the Russiagate ‘set up’ of Page, and that Halper’s Russia involvement actually went much deeper:
An investigation by SaraACarter.com reveals that the documents and information [former Pentagon analyst Adam] Lovinger stumbled on and other documents obtained by this news site, raise troubling questions about Halper, who was believed to have worked with the CIA and part of the matrix of players in the bureauâ€™s â€˜CrossFire Hurricaneâ€™ investigation into Trumpâ€™s 2016 presidential campaign.Â Halper, who assisted the FBI in the Russia investigation, appears to also have significant ties to the Russian government, as well as sources connected directly to President Vladimir Putin.
According to multiple sources who spoke toÂ Fox News, Durham is â€œvery dialed inâ€ and â€œasking all the right questions” as his probe into the origins of this coup attempt continues.
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