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The Justice Department on Saturday released 412 pages of top-secret documents related to surveillance warrants on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Trump hit back on Sunday, characterizing the wiretapping of his adviser as part of an "illegal" and partisan plot because the federal law-enforcement agency partly relied on information gleaned from Democrat-funded research when seeking a warrant, AFP reported.

The heavily redacted documents were released after a week of developments following the United States president's meeting on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

A line was redacted before it continued: "undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 USA presidential election in violation of US criminal law".

President Donald Trump tried to cast fresh doubt Monday on the federal investigation into Russian election interference in the 2016 presidential election, calling it a "fraud and a hoax created to target Trump" and demanding an immediate end to the "Witch Hunt".

In a series of tweets, most of which are quotes from Tom Fitton of the Judicial Watch, Trump suggests the "unverified and Fake Dirty Dossier" was the sole reason a FISA court approved surveillance of Page.

Republicans have previously pointed to the warrant's reliance on the Steele dossier - which was initially commissioned by a firm that had been contracted by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign - as evidence that the warrant was improperly granted, due to the dossier's alleged bias.

The documents involving Page were released to the New York Times and several other media organizations that had filed Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to obtain them. "It was a fraud and a hoax created to target Trump and the DOJ, FBI and Obama Gang need to be held to account". But he denies that his campaign coordinated with Russian Federation.

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It does have some information about Page's activities, which included a July 2016 trip to Russia in which Page was accused in the opposition research dossier of having met with a top Russian energy official, something Page denies.

Page's denial on Sunday (Monday NZT) was his first public response to the release on Saturday of a wiretap application that said he engaged in "clandestine intelligence activities" on behalf of Russian Federation.

"The very thing that the Mueller investigation is all about is seeing if the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to get dirt on Hillary and used it against her", he said. "This is many, many people over two administrations, four judges appointed by Republicans, over and over, believing that you were an agent of a foreign power".

But after Nunes issued a subpoena to gain access to the documents, he used a House procedure to make public classified materials, so long as the White House did not object.

Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, speaks with reporters following a day of questions from the House Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 2, 2017.

Trump was personally warned in August 2016 by senior USA intelligence officials that foreign adversaries - including Russian Federation - would likely attempt to infiltrate his team or gather intelligence about his campaign, CNN has reported previously.

In investigating, Steele assembled the body of documents that has become infamous as the Russian Federation dossier.

The Democrats who hired him aren't named either, but neither are Republicans or Trump identified by name, a common practice in such documents.


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