The Justice Department on Saturday released redacted applications for surveillance warrants on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Materials released to The New York Times and other agencies that filed a Freedom of Information Act for the documents include an October 2016 application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to wiretap Page, as well as renewal applications.
The documents, 412 pages of heavily redacted material, have been at the heart of a controversy over alleged bias at the FBI.
“The F.B.I. believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government,” the application said, which after redactions continued with, “undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election in violation of U.S. criminal law. Mr. Page is a former foreign policy adviser to a candidate for U.S. president.”
The FBI told the court that Page “established relationships with Russian government officials, including Russian intelligence officers,” and Page “has been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government.”