Jeff Sessions picked alleged Russian agent Carter Page for Trump's team

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 16, 2017

Former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page on Thursday could not say definitively whether he spoke to Russian officials during Donald Trump's presidential campaign past year about the possibility of easing US sanctions against Russia.

Lots of stories of late have reported that the FBI was investigating ties between "Trump associates" and Russian Federation, and now there's a definitive name: Carter Page.

Tapper was referencing a Washington Post report published Tuesday that revealed the Federal Bureau of Investigation had secured a FISA warrant against Page in 2016 over concerns he was acting as a foreign agent for Russian Federation. Page replied when asked about the Washington Post report, before veering off into an explanation about how his circumstances are similar to the USA investigation into whether Russian Federation was complicit in last week's deadly chemical attack in Syria. The mention left the impression that Trump personally knew Page, but that was not the case, Trump and many White House officials have said.

"You have to lay out a series of facts that show that there's probable cause to believe that someone is an agent of a foreign power", Carlin said, speaking in general and not about any specific case.

"I did nothing that could even possibly be viewed as helping them in any way", he said.

The FBI began its probe, which is also examining if there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow, in July. US intelligence officials believe Moscow intervened to try to sway the election in favor of Trump.

According to FBI Director Jim Comey, there is an ongoing FBI investigation into whether Trump associates colluded with Russian Federation in their efforts to interfere with the presidential election.

'I don't talk about that, ' Page said when asked who first brought him into Trumpworld. More recently, President Trump and his associates have been downplaying Page's role in the campaign.

"I have not, since the inauguration, I have not spoken with anyone", said Page.

Page's reference to the "Dodgy Dossier" is to the memos compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. Officials said the application cited contacts Page had with a Russian intelligence operative in New York City in 2013.

Page has described himself as a junior member of Trump's foreign policy advisory group. The counterintelligence investigation into Russian efforts to influence USA elections began in July, officials have said. Podobnyy was secretly recorded commenting on Page's "enthusiasm" and saying he planned to use Page to acquire documents.

"All of this false evidence that you've been hearing about myself with the dodgy dossier and other false reports going back through most of last summer, well, that will - that will have very different implications, so this is a real game changer if it turns out to be true", Page said, referring to a controversial report ccompiled by a former British spy that alleges ties between Trump and Russian Federation.

By coincidence, a spokesman for Mr. Manafort on Wednesday revealed that he has made a decision to register with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for lobbying work he did on behalf of political interests in Ukraine, led at the time by a pro-Russian political party, The Associated Press reported. Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his informal adviser Roger Stone, and former national security adviser Michael Flynn are all reportedly central figures in the investigation.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE