No longer is there a question on the Trump's campaign and transition team being spied on. Now the question is the motivation in doing so.
Carter Page is the main player in obtaining a FISA warrant for the FBI to spy on Page and in so doing spying on the Trump campaign and transition teams. One of the outcomes of the wire and other communication taps was General Flynn's relationship with Turkey that required him to register as a foreign agent. The fly of that issue is the common practice in the Washington for not registering and the little effort to crack down on or punish similar acts by many and I do mean many other political and lobbyist players.
The second part of Page and the FBI is that the month, March 2016, that Page was questioned by the FBI for contacts with Russians that the FBI took to be agents, Page became an associate to the Trump campaign. Trump had sufficient response to be the GOP nominee in the general election and thus a chance to be president. Page was out in the open by the FBI and if an agent of Russia out in the open to them. No reason to not tell Trump.
A question that needs to be answered by the FBI. Here are some possibilities:
A) Informed the Trump campaign and they just didn't care about Carter Page's Russian connect. The important of Page to the campaign was obviously not worth that risk.
B) The FBI under Comey was creating an insurance policy issue for the general election to favor Hillary Clinton the likely Democratic party candidate.
C) They fully believed Trump was a Russian Agent and actually having the Russians throw the election. This as we have found out was impossible with the distributed systems. Electronic voting machines have likely thousands of unique programs on memory cards that had to be individual put in the machines, and significant use of paper ballots that could be recounted. Russian have been trying to influence elections since WWII. They always had put forth some effort to make our elections seem tainted, 2016 was not different.
It was July 31 2016 when they received the FISA warrant and started the counterintelligence investigation, wire and communication taping. And the other minor value of Papadopulos happened in April. So in March and April the FBI had no reason to not inform the Trump Campaign unless they were purposely looking for a means of getting a FISA warrant. We do know that the FBI tried a few times earlier to get a FISA warrant and that the FISA secrete court which only hears from one side, FBI or Counter intelligence, approved about 95% of the request, a rubber stamp appearance, so the earlier failures does suggest a very poor reason. If the FBI was making an effort to find a means of getting the FISA warrant, they would not informing the Trump campaign about Carter Page.
The FISA warrant as both memos tell us that the FBI speculates that the identity person (Gene Simpson of Fusion GPS) is likely looking for information to discredit candidate number one (Trump). If the FBI felt they had to disclose Fusion GPS why don't they disclose the sponsor, paying for it? Renews require additional information which they said came from multiple sources. Not mentioned to the FISA court was:
A) Comey's knowledge that the content of the Steele Dossier was not validated and filamentous as he testified under oath to Congress. They continued in all application renewals to use the Steele Dossier.
B) The firing of Steele for communicating with the media
C) That any media conformation could be contaminated by Steele and not be independent.
The only way that this will be straightened out is for the public to read the FISA application. The rules for FISA would not allow Trump, DNC, Hillary, or any American to be identified. However the wording and what is left out or including is important. Trump as president can declassify the application so why has he not done so?
Another question that needs to be answered.