Lurid Trump dossier used to get FISA warrant on Carter Page. Why weren’t we told?

CNN is reporting that last year’s lurid dossier about Donald Trump — the one written by the former British spy — was successfully used by the FBI in order to get a FISA warrant to eavesdrop on former Trump foreign policy aide Carter Page.

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This means that before the election, the FBI had verified enough of the anti-Trump dossier to concern a judge sufficiently that he issued the warrant.

Why weren’t any of us informed? Didn’t we have the right to know that there was probable cause that a top Trump foreign policy aide (per Trump’s own words) “was acting as an agent of a foreign power, including possibly engaging in clandestine intelligence gathering for a foreign government”?

Yet the fact that the FBI was investigating Hillary for an email server, and that they were investigating her again only days before the election — only to have both investigations turns up bupkis — was national news up until election day.

This is really bad. Trump may not have won the election if the public knew the degree to which he and his staff were intertwined with Russia. From Page to Manafort to Flynn and beyond, there’s smoke and smoke and smoke. And now we learn that the FBI and a judge found probable cause that Trump hired a man who was secretly working with the Russians.

We had the right to know this before the election.

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