Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page has claimed that the FBI ruined his life by putting him under surveillance in a new interview.
Page has been at the center of ongoing investigations into Russian meddling and collusion with the Trump campaign in 2016 because of his alleged ties to the Kremlin.
The 46-year-old investment banker has now blamed the FBI's surveillance for driving his girlfriend away and bringing his consulting business to grinding halt in an interview with the New York Post published Saturday.
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Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page claims that FBI surveillance ruined his life, costing him business, income and even his girlfriend
Page was forced to step down from his role as foreign policy adviser to Trump in the summer of 2016 after it was revealed that he had links to Russia and Vladimir Putin.
Shortly after he resigned the FBI was granted a warrant to surveil Page's communications based on suspicion that he had been contracted as a spy for the Russian government.
This week Page told the Post that he believes he had been spied on by paid FBI informant professor Stefan Halper.
He said Halper had 'portrayed himself as someone offering help' to Page and the campaign.
'[He] expressed sympathy about what I had been put through with the defamation and smear campaign led by the DNC and the Clinton campaign,' Page added.
Page also noted that Halper had contacted him in early July 2016, weeks before the FBI says the investigation was officially opened.
If the FBI was using Halper as an informant at the time, it raises the possibility that the investigation was politically motivated.