ince last summer, when Trump was a presidential candidate, the FBI has been secretly monitoring the communications of one of his advisers for possible links between Russia and the Trump campaign. To spy on American citizens a court order is mandated by law. The FBI did in fact obtain from a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge.

The probable cause adduced by both FBI and Justice Department to convince the judge to grant permission was that Carter Page, the adviser in question, was acting as an agent of a foreign power, namely Russia. Page has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in his dealings with the Trump campaign or Russia in 2016, but the suspicions of a nexus persist.

It is a publicly known fact that the former adviser to Donald Trump on foreign policy lectured in Moscow on December 12, 2016. In any case, both the White House and the FBI are not commenting on the breaking story.

It is well known that the FBI and congressional committees are in the process of investigating whether Russia put its thumb on the scale and tried to influence the election in Trump’s favor, mostly by hacking Democratic operatives’ emails, releasing embarrassing information and/or colluding with Trump’s associates. Both Russia and Trump dismiss those allegations, albeit at one point of the campaign Trump publicly urged Russia to reveal the hacked emails.

Nobody has been accused yet of any crimes or illegal actions, but the investigation goes on. It’s sure to get more intriguing. Inspector Clouseau is on the prowl, and anything can happen at any time. Don’t miss the next episode.

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Emanuel L. Paparella, Ph.D.

Professor Paparella has earned a Ph.D. in Italian Humanism, with a dissertation on the philosopher of history Giambattista Vico, from Yale University. He is a scholar interested in current relevant philosophical, political and cultural issues; the author of numerous essays and books on the EU cultural identity among which A New Europe in search of its Soul, and Europa: An Idea and a Journey. Presently he teaches philosophy and humanities at Barry University, Miami, Florida. He is a prolific writer and has written hundreds of essays for both traditional academic and on-line magazines among which Metanexus and Ovi. One of his current works in progress is a book dealing with the issue of cultural identity within the phenomenon of “the neo-immigrant” exhibited by an international global economy strong on positivism and utilitarianism and weak on humanism and ideals.