WASHINGTON- Former Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page was placed under electronic surveillance by the FBI last summer, according to unnamed government officials who spoke with The Washington Post Tuesday.
The Bureau last July secured a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) warrant to monitor Page pursuant to information suggesting ties between members of the Trump campaign and high-ranking Russian officials.
Page is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and an investment banker. During part of his tenure at Merrill Lynch, Page was domiciled in Moscow, where he facilitated business dealings with the Russian state-owned oil titan Gazprom.
Page told The Washington Post Tuesday that the surveillance was inappropriate as well as unnecessary.
“This confirms all of my suspicions about unjustified, politically motivated government surveillance,” he said. “I have nothing to hide.”
Page said revelation of the surveillance is an indictment of the Obama administration’s efforts to punish political opponents.
“It shows how low the Clinton/Obama regime went to destroy our democracy and suppress dissidents who did not fully support their failed foreign policy,” he said in a statement Tuesday.
Page is included among the former Trump campaign advisers that have volunteered to appear before congressional committees investigating Russian election interference and allegations of ties between members of the Trump campaign and high-ranking Russian officials.
The Trump Administration said Page was not a paid campaign staffer nor did he filled out the necessary paperwork to serve in such a capacity.