We may now know why Trump wants the controversial Russian Federation memo released

Rod Rosenstein Renewed Spy Warrant Against Trump Adviser Last Year: Report

On November 2, 2017, Page testified to the US House Intelligence Committee that he had informed Jeff Sessions, Corey Lewandowski, Hope Hicks and other Trump campaign officials that he was traveling to Russian Federation to give a speech in July 2016.

The Republican memo is said to contain allegations that Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials failed to fully explain to an intelligence court judge in seeking the extended surveillance of Page that it was relying in part on research by a former British intelligence agent, Christopher Steele, which had been financed by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

The lack of transparency around documents that could potentially show improper use of the Steele dossier might be justifiably confounding for the president, Wisenberg said.

Politico asked the former foreign policy adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump about The New York Times report that Rod Rosenstein suspected Page was acting as a Russian agent when the deputy attorney general signed off on an extension to have Page surveilled. Steele was the author of the highly controversial Russian Federation dossier, which alleged that Russian Federation had been cultivating Trump for years.

That memo, accusing Rosenstein of abusing FISA to surveil Page, is still classified, though Republicans and Trump want to declassify and release it, against the strident objections of Trump's own DOJ.

Page has vehemently denied the dossier's allegations and has claimed he is the victim of a witch hunt. Trump considered the letter another example of the Justice Department's political motivations, sources told Bloomberg.

That in turn prompted the surveillance warrant to be renewed not long after Rosenstein was approved as deputy attorney general last April.

The panel issued a last-minute notice of a business meeting Monday evening for "consideration of pending committee business and other matters", according to The Hill.

It has also been reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department obtained a FISA warrant against Page in 2014.

Russian agents tried to recruit Page to spy on the USA, a 2013 probe revealed, which Page has said he rebuffed.

Page told The Daily Caller last week that he "very much" hopes that the push to release the FISA memo will be successful. It has also been reported that he has testified before Special Counsel Robert Mueller's grand jury.

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