Trump adviser Carter Page flipped out on Senate Trump-Russia investigators in an angry letter on Thursday, responding to their recent call for him to come testify.
The Senate Intelligence Committee requested Page to come testify before them regarding his communications with overseas — particularly Russian — contacts in an April 28 letter. Page, however, who CNN accurately notes has been remarkably outspoken about the whole thing, slammed the Senate Intelligence Committee in a response letter on Thursday.
Page wrote in his letter that he didn’t need to come and testify before the Senate because the Obama administration supposedly has all the information necessary to ascertain any connections he has to Russia and what the impact those connections may have had on his relatively peripheral work with the Trump campaign.
‘I suspect the physical reaction of the Clinton/Obama regime perpetrators will be more along the lines of severe vomiting when all the facts are eventually exposed regarding the steps taken by the U.S. Government to influence the 2016 election.’
Page has gone along with President Trump’s baseless assertion that the Obama administration worked to influence the 2016 election through illegal surveillance of the Trump campaign in the months leading up to election day.
Page himself was targeted at one point in 2016 after a federal court issued a then-secret FISA warrant granting the government the authority to monitor his communications.
For one, however, it’s hard to suggest that anything illegal took place in the issuance of that warrant. Secondly, a government official speaking to the New York Times explained that the warrant was only issued after the government had determined that Page was no longer an active part of the Trump campaign.
Page never had much of a role in the Trump campaign in the first place, having only been named as a national security adviser to the man who is now president when one of Trump’s advisers was pressed to come up with a list of names to make the campaign seem “official.” The White House has maintained distance from Page in the months since Trump took office.
Still, interestingly, Page was apparently perfectly willing to testify before the House Intelligence Committee.
In the letter offering them his testimony, he stated the following:
‘For your information, I have frequently dined in Trump Grill, had lunch in Trump Cafe, had coffee meetings in the Starbucks at Trump Tower, attended events and spent many hours in campaign headquarters on the fifth floor last year.’
There are at least two reasons for the government scrutiny of Page.
Firstly, Page was a documented target of the Russian Intelligence Services, having been groomed as an intelligence source by Russian spies who are no longer in the United States.
Secondly, U.S. officials have reason to believe that the campaign to cultivate Page as an intelligence source continued into his time as a peripheral officer of the Trump campaign. The incident that sparked the FBI’s renewed interest in Page is a July 2016 speech that he gave at a Russian university.
Page, in his recent letter to the Senate, called the 2016 FISA warrant against him “completely unjustified,” claiming that it targeted him for exercising his First Amendment rights.
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