The FBI doesn't know if the Trump advisers were aware that they were being used, but the larger issue becomes was the Trump campaign compromised?
Page disputes the idea that he has ever collected intelligence for the Russians, saying he helped the USA intelligence community.
According to CNN, the Federal Bureau of Investigation used information from the "dirty dossier"-a 35-page document alleging deep ties between Trump and the Russian government first published by BuzzFeed-to help convince the FISC that Page merited surveillance".
Last week, Page refused in an interview to say who hired him to work on Trump's presidential campaign - and leaving open the possibility that he talked with Russian agents about easing U.S. sanctions if Trump were elected.
Comey's briefings to lawmakers stand in contrast to efforts in recent months by the bureau and United States intelligence agencies to try to distance themselves from the dossier. (2) Further, Page met with Russian oil company Rosneft, and CEO Igor Sechin (a Putin ally) dangled a 19% share of Rosneft in front of Page in exchange for him pushing to lift USA sanctions on Russia.
His trip to Russian Federation in July 2016 revived the FBI's interest, when he delivered a lecture at a graduation ceremony for the New Economic School.
Page, defending himself against mounting allegations of his contacts with Russians, said everything he ever discussed was public information.
According to The New York Times, a trip that low-level Trump campaign adviser Carter Page took to Moscow in July was one of the factors that prompted the investigation. Page has denied the information contained in the dossier.
The network said the dossier has also been cited by FBI Director James Comey in some of his briefings to members of Congress. And one of the people they tried to recruit was Page.
"Nothing I was ever asked to do, no information I was ever asked for was anything beyond what you could see on CNN ..." he added after Smerconish repeated the question.
"I look forward to the Privacy Act of 1975 lawsuit that I plan to file in response to the civil rights violations by Obama administration appointees past year". Carter Page was specifically mentioned in the bombshell story. CNN's Jake Tapper reported back in January that a different Michael Cohen had made that trip. "He's never met Trump, never briefed him".
Page has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and said suggestions of his alleged involvement in any perceived collusion between the Trump camp and Russian Federation were "lies". And of course, Page is now threatening to sue Obama officials for allegedly violating his civil rights with the FISA warrant.
The FBI had Page on its radar for at least four years, according to court documents and U.S. officials.