GOP Senate Intel chair: There were 'sound reasons' for surveillance warrant on Page

GOP Senate Intel chair: There were 'sound reasons' for surveillance warrant on Page
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Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrDems can use subpoena power to reclaim the mantle of populism Collusion judgment looms for key Senate panel The National Trails System is celebrating 50 years today — but what about the next 50 years? 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 NunesJuan Williams: Trump, the Great Destroyer The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — Latest on Hurricane Michael | Trump, Kanye West to have lunch at White House | GOP divided over potential 2020 high court vacancy Senate Dem: Trump's 'fake, hyperbolic rantings' an insult to real Medal of Honor recipients 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 John TrumpDemocrats slide in battle for Senate Trump believes Kushner relationship with Saudi crown prince a liability: report Christine Blasey Ford to be honored by Palo Alto City Council 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 SchiffTrump calls Saudi explanation for journalist's death credible, arrests 'good first step' Schiff: If Khashoggi was fighting in consulate he was fighting 'for his life' Maxine Waters gets company in new GOP line of attack MORE (D-Calif.), Burr expressed concerns that the documents were released at all.

"I [never] cease to be amazed by how much stuff we release publicly now," Burr told CNN.

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.”