Former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, Carter Page, appeared on "Good Morning America" (GMA) where he completely downplayed his connection to Trump and previous claims he made about being a Kremlin adviser. He worked for seven years as an investment banker for Merril Lynch - three of them in their Moscow office. Page said he used that description in connection to meetings he held in advance of an worldwide summit about global energy issues.
Page also built a resume as a foreign policy expert and his profile says he "is a frequent writer and lecturer on energy sector development in emerging markets".
The New York Times, meanwhile has requested that the government turn over underlying documents that could show exactly what the warrant was based on. He penned articles for the Global Policy Journal and earned a Ph.D. from SOAS University of London in 2012.
But an idiot? Anybody who watches his March 2, 2017 interview with MSNBC's Chris Hayes, during which Page first denies, next admits and then lamely tries to spin a meeting with Russian ambassador (and spymaster) Sergei Kislyak during the 2016 GOP convention will find it hard to disagree.
In his interview with Stephanopoulos, Page also distanced himself from the president and claimed that he "never spoke with [Trump] any time in my life". The U.S. later charged Podobny with working as a Russian intelligence agent under diplomatic cover.
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Carter Page's words are coming back to haunt him.
The memo, drafted by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation relied too heavily on the so-called "dossier" - an uncorroborated report funded in part by Democrats compiled by a former British spy - to gain court approval in October 2016 to monitor Page.
The Steele dossier claims that Page, during a trip to Moscow in July 2016, held secret meetings with a senior Kremlin official and a senior Putin ally that included conversations about helping Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton in the presidential campaign.
"Political dirt was used by the FBI, and they knew it was political dirt to open a counterintelligence investigation into the other campaign", Nunes said.
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chairs the committee and said Monday night the panel plans to send a letter to the FISA Court this week. Democratic representatives on the House Intelligence Committee have produced their own memo, and now the White House says it will consider whether to release it too.