Page disputed the dossier, claiming he never met with Russian energy magnate Igor Sechin and was never offered a "19 percent stake" in the oil company to remove sanctions on Russia. "You get the documents from him and tell him to go [bleep] himself". He said in a speech that Russian President Vladimir Putin was a ― comments later. But included in the four-page document are revelations that might complicate the effort.
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. These are the documents the feds used to explain why they wanted permission to wiretap Carter Page, the adviser whose communications with Russian officials were picked up by the government and subsequently leaked.
"I$3 became a liability pretty quick", he said.
He couldn't be sure.
It was the Moscow junket that seemingly led to Page being asked to step down from the Trump campaign, following directly upon embarrassing news that campaign manager Paul Manafort had received more than $12 million cash from a Kremlin-linked Ukrainian political party.
He was pressed on whether he had ever communicated with the president, including over email or text. Which may even be true.
"I think that the majority of Americans will ultimately make a determination that using political dirt by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the opposing campaign is a place that we won't go", he added.
The Times notes that wiretapping application contents have never been made public in the history of the surveillance court.