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Carter Page Claims 'Horrendous Civil Rights' Violations Led to Surveillance

(CNN's "New Day")

By    |   Thursday, 27 Apr 2017 11:14 AM

Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page Thursday claimed he's been the "victim of one of the most horrendous civil rights violations in recent U.S. election history" and that the FBI gathered evidence against him last summer without having probable cause to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant.

"That's part of the reason why I am taking legal action now with the Privacy Act of 1974," Page told CNN "New Day" host Chris Cuomo. "I very much look forward to getting disclosure on that warrant application and seeing what exactly was in there because again, there has been terrific reporting in various news outlets, including The Washington Post, The New York Times based on various leaks. And some of them have exactly pointed back to that dodgy dossier."

"I've spent a lot of time watching your interviews and sometimes I scratch my head and wonder why you are doing them," Cuomo replied. "You are very slow to want to answer questions about the details of your affiliation with the campaign or who you have talked to in Russia and about what. What is your motivation for coming on other than to say you're suing? You don't seem to want to give clarity to the allegations?"

However, Page would not discuss who brought him into the campaign, saying that was confidential information, but Cuomo argued back that when he doesn't give answers that fuels speculation.

"It was interesting watching President [Barack] Obama's speech at a Chicago university earlier this week where he was talking about encouraging people to get more involved in the political process, not necessarily being direct politicians and all the dirty things that go along with that, but just as private citizens, which is what I did."

According to previous reports, the FBI has gathered intelligence that Russian operatives tried to use Page and other advisers to infiltrate President Donald Trump's campaign.

Page also denied that he ever worked with or communicated with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and that he'd ever given foreign policy advice to then-candidate Trump about Russia.

Page got the attention of the FBI after giving a speech at a Moscow university in July 2016, during which he criticized U.S. policy regarding Russia, reports CNN. U.S. officials said they were concerned Russian intelligence had compromised Page.

"Nothing I said was destructive to American policy," Page contended Thursday. "I actually was focusing on mutual respect and how a new approach in foreign policy could have a positive impact on the future of the U.S.'s positions in the world. This was a very pro-American speech."

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