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.