The potential criminal matter was referred to U.S. Attorney John Durham by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who has concluded a wide-ranging probe into the origins of that surveillance and other actions taken by DOJ and FBI officials involved in the early stages of the 2016 investigation into Russia's election interference.
Carter Page, a onetime foreign policy adviser to Trump's 2016 campaign, recently sued the Justice Department, accusing it of violating his privacy by failing to give him an opportunity to examine the report before publication. "This was an overthrow attempt at the presidency".
The sources emphasized that the alleged adjustment may not have had any material impact on the appropriateness of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, warrant targeting Page.
CNN admitted in its report that the altering of documentation would help "fuel" claims from the allies of the president that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was improperly abusing their power to target then-candidate Trump. The warrant, which was renewed several times and approved by different judges in 2016 and early 2017, has been one of the most contentious elements of the Russian Federation probe and was the subject of dueling memos previous year issued by Democrats and Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee.
"This is exactly what people close to the president have been saying, that the FBI committed wrongdoing in starting this investigation", said CNN's Manu Raju.
"They got my warrant - a fraudulent warrant, I believe - to spy on myself as a way of getting into the Trump campaign", Page said in an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox's "Mornings with Maria". "We still don't have the truth, but hopefully, we'll get that soon". "Personally, I think it goes all the way".
"I look at it from the big picture perspective", said Page. He will also sharply criticize as careless one of the F.B.I. case agents in NY handling the matter, they said.