Today, Rep. Ted Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) released the following statement regarding the revelation that the FBI obtained a secret court order to surveil Trump campaign advisor Carter Page due to fears he was acting as an asset of the Russian government.
“The revelation that Trump Campaign Team Member Carter Page’s communications were monitored by the FBI – via a secret court order – is stunning and explosive. This means an independent FISA court judge authorized FBI surveillance of Page due to probable cause that he was acting as an agent of the Russian government at the height of the 2016 U.S. Election.”
“There is nothing more important than the American people’s right to know the whole truth about any possible collusion between Russia and the Trump Campaign. That’s why a Special Prosecutor must be appointed by the Department of Justice to investigate this urgent matter. That is exactly what Reps. Kathleen Rice, Stacey Plaskett and I called for last week in a letter to acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente.”
“The new revelations about Page, along with Michael Flynn’s pending request for immunity, add urgency to our request for a special prosecutor. At stake is the legitimacy of the Presidency and the integrity of our democracy. The acting Deputy Attorney General must appoint a Special Prosecutor now.”