Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, speaks at a news conference at RIA Novosti news agency in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016.
As Donald Trump's Russian Federation scandal grew more serious late previous year, the Republican's team faced all kinds of questions, including whether anyone from the campaign was in communications with Russian Federation ahead of Election Day. In response, he denied that Page was a part of the National Security team, with a few of Trump's sources further adding that Carter Page was never a part of Trump's campaign and never met the president.
Such contacts are now at the center of an investigation into whether Russian Federation meddled in last year's presidential election to swing it in Trump's favor.
Page's interactions with Russian government agents were cited in the FBI's application for last year's surveillance warrant.
The revelation provided the most detailed evidence of the FBI's suspicion that the Trump campaign may have been working with Russian agents during the 2016 presidential campaign.
"I've never done anything wrong here", Page said.More news: Fowler, Garcia part of four-way tie for Masters lead
In a partisan swipe at a now-retired Democratic Senate majority leader, Page placed the blame for his public image problem on 'that dodgy dossier which Senator Harry Reid last August sent to [FBI] Director Comey'. That person was Rice, who said last month on PBS that she had no clue about the leaks. The move was seen as controversial, with members of the committee crying foul that they were not shown the documents that Nunes said revealed this information.
Page visited Moscow in July 2016 for a speech at the New Economic School, which he described as traveling in personal capacity. Does this vindicate the media obsession on the Russian-interference story, or does it vindicate Trump's allegation of having been spied upon by the Obama administration?
The FBI, Justice Department and White House declined to comment, The Post reported.
That result indicates that federal agents persuaded a judge that probable cause exists to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power. "I've never met Paul Manafort and I've never spoken with him", Page said. But when asked to name his "foreign policy team" in an interview with the Washington Post last March, Trump volunteered Page's name.
Just to sum up: Page went from "absolutely not" to "someone may have brought it up" to "I have no recollection" when asked if he discussed easing Russian sanctions with Kremlin officials. Tapper pointed out that Page's reluctance was new - until March, Page "repeatedly" asserted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had not contacted him.
"You know I don't talk about ongoing investigations". The final step before going to court is the approval of a high-ranking intelligence official of the organization seeking the warrant. Page's role within the campaign and ties to Russian Federation have been subject to much scrutiny, and both the Trump campaign and now the White House have distanced themselves from him. Part of the certification is the declaration that the intended surveillance is the only way to obtain the information and part of the investigation is to obtain foreign intelligence information.