Fox's Marie Harf debunks Fox News spin about FISA application for surveillance on Carter Page
Harf: "Carter Page was potentially an agent of the Russian government. That is serious, and this is not a partisan witch hunt here."
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From the July 23 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:
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JAMES FREEMAN (THE WALL STREET JOURNAL): It's got to be chilling to a lot of Americans that the government can investigate the opposition political party based on opposition research from a rival or Yahoo News. I don't mean to knock Yahoo News, but this is all it takes to wiretap your political opponents?
BILL HEMMER (CO-HOST): I kind of wondered what the judges were thinking of all of this?
MARIE HARF (FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR): The Republican judges.
HARF: The Mueller investigation is totally separate from the Carter Page FISA warrant, which, I would remind people, was renewed three times, which meant that the government had to show that they were getting good information totally separate from the dossier based on this wiretap. But look, the dossier was only one part of a whole host of evidence that is in this FISA application. James is right, a lot of it's redacted because it's classified. But let's also remember, the government did not ask to wiretap Carter Page until after he left the Trump campaign. So, the notion that this was, quote, spying on the Trump campaign is not accurate, and look, these are Republican-appointed judges who had a host of information that Carter Page was potentially an agent of the Russian government. That is serious, and this is not a partisan witch hunt here. If you had done the same things, you would have been surveilled too.