According to a new report, the GOP memo claims that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein approved an application to extend surveillance of Carter Page.
The Hill reports:
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein approved an application last year to extend surveillance of former Trump campaign associate Carter Page, according to a secret Republican memo detailed in a The New York Times report.
According to the Times, which cited three people familiar with the memo, the FBI and Justice Department’s application was based partially on research by investigator Christopher Steele, who compiled a dossier containing unverified claims about President Trump’s ties to Russia.
The GOP memo alleges officials did not sufficiently explain their reasoning for extending the surveillance, it added.
There is no information that the FBI or Justice Department did anything improper in their attempts to get a surveillance warrant, according to the Times. The newspaper noted, however, that Republicans could seize on the information and allege that Rosenstein didn’t properly vet the application.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement that Trump “has been clear publicly and privately that he wants absolute transparency throughout this process.”
“Based on numerous news reports, top officials at the F.B.I. have engaged in conduct that shows bias against President Trump and bias for Hillary Clinton,” he said, according to the Times.
“While President Trump has the utmost respect and support for the rank-and-file members of the F.B.I., the anti-Trump bias at the top levels that appear to have existed is troubling.”
Page served as Trump’s foreign policy adviser until September 2016.