Carter Page: I'm the victim of 'horrendous civil rights violations'

A former campaign adviser to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants MORE said Thursday he was “the victim of one of the most horrendous civil rights violations” during the 2016 presidential election. 

“I have been the victim of one of the most horrendous civil rights violations in recent U.S. election history,” Carter Page told co-host Chris Cuomo on CNN’s “New Day.” 

Page’s comments came after Cuomo pushed him to disclose how he became involved in Trump’s campaign, first claiming that it is confidential and then saying he doesn’t want to create issues for other people.

Page denied the allegations against him, saying they have caused “a complete firestorm based on this completely false narrative.”

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A dossier released last summer alleges that Page met with top Russian officials while working for the Trump campaign. It claims he discussed Russia’s interference in the presidential election as well as sanctions against the state. A former British intelligence officer working to gather comprising information on Trump compiled the collection of memos, which Page claims is "false." 

Page said “literally every word” of the dossier about his connections to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort or others is false, calling it a “joke.” 

A judge granted a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) warrant to secretly surveil Page. FISA warrants are granted sparingly, quietly and only with the approval of top Justice Department and FBI officials. 

Page said he is taking legal action against the “dodgy dossier” that was used to obtain the FISA warrant.

“Chris, there is no probable cause. That's part of the reason why I am taking legal action now with the Privacy Act of 1974. ... And I very much look forward to getting disclosure on that warrant application and seeing what exactly was in there,” he continued. 

Page also blamed the media for spreading such “propaganda” about him.