Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrDemocratic incumbents bolster fundraising advantage in key Senate races McConnell gets GOP wake-up call Senate approves short-term debt ceiling increase MORE (R-N.C.) said Tuesday that there were “sound reasons” behind the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
His comments to CNN stand in contrast to GOP leaders of the House Intelligence Committee, who have repeatedly criticized the surveillance against Page.
"I don't think I ever expressed that I thought the FISA application came up short," Burr told CNN. "There (were) sound reasons as to why judges issued the FISA.”
The Department of Justice released hundreds of pages of redacted documents last week from the applications for the warrants.
The newly released documents say that intelligence officials believed Page may have been targeted for recruitment by the Russian government in their efforts to interfere in the U.S. presidential election.
House Republicans have maintained that the materials used by the government in applying for the FISA warrant prove the existence of political bias in the Justice Department and FBI. Championing that argument is House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: Pelosi announces date for infrastructure vote; administration defends immigration policies LIVE COVERAGE: Ways and Means begins Day 2 on .5T package Biden faces unfinished mission of evacuating Americans MORE (R-Calif.), whose staff authored the committee’s GOP members’ memo earlier this year accusing the agencies of anti-Trump bias and abusing their authority in obtaining the warrant against Page.
Nunes’ memo was declassified for release by President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE earlier this year, despite opposition from officials in the FBI and Justice Department. The redacted documents used by the GOP in the memo have now been released to the public, and most Republicans say they further prove the Nunes argument.
But, echoing House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff: McCarthy 'will do whatever Trump tells him' if GOP wins back House Jan. 6 panel to pursue criminal contempt referral for Bannon Bannon's subpoena snub sets up big decision for Biden DOJ MORE (D-Calif.), Burr expressed concerns that the documents were released at all.
Page has disputed the contents of the documents and the FBI's argument, telling The Hill that he is “having trouble finding any small bit of this document that rises above complete ignorance and/or insanity.”