The extension shows the Department of Justice, under President Donald Trump, saw reason to believe that Page was acting as a Russian agent, the paper reported on Sunday.
The memo paints the investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential election as tainted from the start, the paper said.
The Times report did not reveal the evidence Rosenstein relied on to authorize extension of the surveillance.
Rosenstein, also a Republican, took office in April after being nominated by Trump.
The Republican Party and the Democratic Party were not immediately available to comment late on Sunday. Reuters could not contact Carter Page for comment.
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