Carter Page was a paid FBI Under-Cover Employee in 2013, and remained the primary FBI witness in a case against an agent of the Russian Federation through March 2016. Carter Page volunteered with the Trump campaign on March 21 of the same year. In October, the Obama Department of Justice represented Carter Page to the FISA court as an "agent of a foreign power" to gain retroactive FISA Title I authority over Page, to cover the Obama administration's illegal spying on the 2016 Trump campaign. Title I surveillance is the most severe and intrusive surveillance authority, giving the FBI the ability to apply the same intrusions against anyone Carter Page came in contact with - the entire Trump organization.
The FBI (1) knew Page was not an agent of a foreign power, and (2) had illegally intruded into all the electronic communications - personal and campaign related - of the entire Trump campaign, and now sought retroactive approval for their lawbreaking.
In a Bloomberg interview Carter Page described himself as having advised the state-controlled natural gas giant Gazprom and helped it attract Western investors. Julia Ioffe reported for Politico that Carter Page was a mid-level executive at Merrill Lynch in Moscow who played no role in any of the big deals he boasted about. Almost no one in Moscow remembered Carter Page. Until Trump read his name off a piece of paper handed to him during a March interview with the Washington Post, almost no one in the Washington foreign policy world had heard of Carter Page either.
Paid FBI informantOn March 11, 2016 a DOJ press release announced
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and John P. Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, announced that Evgrny Buryakov, a/k/a “Zhenya, pled guilty today to conspiring to act in the United States as an agent of the Russian Federation, without providing prior notice to the Attorney General.
The FBI obtained recordings after Sporyshev attempted to recruit Carter Page who was posing as an analyst from a New York-based energy company. In response to requests from Sporyshev, Carter Page provided Sporyshev with binders containing purported industry analysis written by Page and supporting documentation relating to Carter Page's reports, as well as covertly placed recording devices."
Ten days after the DOJ press release Carter Page joined the Trump campaign as an unpaid foreign policy advisor. Donald Trump has never met Carter Page.
Obama FISA abuse
DOJ-NSD and FBI CoIntel wanted a "legal" way to spy on the Trump campaign. The highest levels of the Obama DOJ and FBI asked for and received FISA Title 1 surveillance of former FBI employee Carter Page in October 2016. The Obama DOJ National Security Division and the FBI Counterintelligence Division, knew Carter Page was not a Russian spy, misreprsented facts and perpetrated a fraud upon the FISA court. The authority became the "legal" cover for their own criminal intent and actions.
The “Title I” designation as a foreign agent applied retroactively to any action taken by Carter Page, and auto-generates a list of people he came in contact with. Each of those people, groups or organizations could now have their communication reviewed, unmasked and analyzed by the DOJ/FBI with the same surveillance authority granted upon the target, Carter Page.
FISA Title I surveillance of U.S. citizens is the most intrusive, exhaustive and far reaching type of search, seizure and surveillance authority, permitting the FBI to look at every aspect of Mr. Page’s life. All communication, travel and contact can be opened and reviewed. All aspects of any of Carter Page’s engagements are subject to being secretly monitored. This is an entirely different level of surveillance authority, the highest possible, and outside FISA-702 search queries (Title VII) of US persons.
Because “FISA Title I” surveillance authority against a US citizen is so serious, only a few people are authorized to even apply for such surveillance warrants. One of the four people authorized to make such a filing is the Asst. Attn. Gen. John P. Carlin who was head of the DOJ National Security Division. Carlin who, together with the FBI counterintelligence unit, conscripted Carter Page as an FBI Under-Cover Employee to gain a guilty plea from a Russian operative in early 2016, then turned around six months later in October 2016 when things weren't going so well for Hillary Clinton, and accused Carter Page of being an agent of a foreign power.