Page's Moscow talk said to have spurred Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry

Guillermo Lane
April 23, 2017

It was noted that the officials who spoke to CNN could not say for certain if Page was aware that Russian operatives were trying to utilize him, bringing up the possibility that Page was an unwitting agent of the Russians. "Page could have unknowingly talked with Russian agents". The dossier alleges Page met senior Russian officials during a trip to Moscow last July, when he gave a speech critical of USA policy toward Russia.

On the same day the Times put its new information on the FBI investigation into print, Reuters reported that a Russian think tank comprised of former Russian intelligence officers had drafted, at the Kremlin's request, a plan for interfering in the 2016 USA presidential election.

So clearly Page doesn't like that he keeps getting outed in these reports as having had contact with Russian intelligence officials.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied interfering in the U.S. election, while Mr Trump has also rejected a report by his own intelligence agencies on the campaign.

Page was recently identified as the target of a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant for monitoring because of actions he took that made intelligence officials suspicious that he might be colluding with the Russians.

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.

Page said Saturday that the only "unwitting element" he's concerned about is the "unwitting media and the unwitting members of Congress" who accepted a "dodgy dossier" of information from Russian Federation concerning Trump.

But last week he acknowledged in a statement that he "shared basic immaterial information and publicly available research documents" with Russian spy Victor Podobnyy. According to a new report from CNN, Russian spies tried to work their way into the Trump campaign through its advisers.

Page has strongly denied ever meeting Sechin.

"Now those sources say that FBI Director James Comey has cited the dossier in some of his briefings to Congress in recent weeks as one of the sources of information that the bureau used to bolster its investigation".

Trump had said Page was one of his foreign policy advisors during the presidential election, but he later left the campaign. Page eventually conceded that "if" there was "indisputable evidence" that Russians meddled in the election, he would be concerned.

Carter Page seems to be at the heart of the collusion story.

"Nothing I was ever asked to do, no information I was ever asked for was anything beyond what you could see on CNN ..." he added after Smerconish repeated the question. "He's never met Trump, never briefed him".

The dossier first came to light when CNN reported that a summary of it had been presented to President Obama and President-elect Trump back in December by top US Intelligence officials. Sam Clovis, co-chairman of the campaign, helped gather the names that the candidate used.

But Page has denied collecting intelligence for Russian Federation.

Campaign officials have insisted that Page played a minor role in advising the president.

Other reports by TheDigitalNewspaper

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