The Department of Justice concluded that two renewals of the FISA surveillance warrant against a former Trump campaign official were illegal, according to a report Thursday in the Wall Street Journal.
Carter Page was targeted by the FBI for surveillance during the Obama administration because of ties he had to Russia, but critics have accused the government of acting improperly and out of political motivation.
Two of the renewals of the warrant against Page were made in 2017, and the DOJ now believes there was "insufficient predication to establish probable cause."
The admission will undoubtedly help bolster claims against former Obama officials of politically motivated abuse of power.
"Today's unprecedented court filing represents another step on the road to recovery for America's deeply damaged judicial system," said Page in a statement responding to the report.
"I hope that this latest admission of guilt for these civil rights abuses by the Justice Department marks continued progress towards restoring justice and remedying these reputationally ruinous injuries," he continued.
Much of the contention over the surveillance warrants is over whether the FBI misled the FISA court on the veracity of the evidence of Carter's ties to Russia, most especially the infamous "Trump dossier."
The report noted that the conclusion from the DOJ did not comment on the validity of the first two warrants of surveillance against Page.