The spying on Carter Page was a legal smokescreen. While his name was on the search warrant, the real target was Donald Trump and his inner circle. How does going after Page allow the FBI to spy on Team Trump? Through what’s called the 2-Hop rule. And that’s the focus of this episode.
The FBI went after Page as if he were a real spy or terrorist. As you've no doubt seen in countless police dramas, law enforcement wants to know all about the phone calls, emails and texts the target sends to his/her associates. They also want to know who those associates are communicating with as well. The spying goes out what's called "2-Hops" from the target.
With the spying on Carter Page, it meant that the FBI spied on his communications with Senior Trump advisor Steve Bannon who was in contact with candidate Donald Trump. The result: the FBI could snoop on all of their communications.
One of the most important resources to understanding "Spygate" is a report by the Department of Justice Inspector General. It was issued in December, 2019. SpyGate Truth repeatedly refers to it, citing page numbers for the source information we report. You can look for yourself. Here's a link to the full report. Be advised, however, it's 474 pages long and does not read like a spy novel.