Carter Page: The Dodgy Dossier was a Political Stunt and False

The Pennsylvania Avenue entrance of the J. Edgar Hoover Federal Bureau of Investigation Building is seen in Washington on Nov. 30 2017

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Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told CNN at the time that Page is "certainly not part of the campaign I'm running".

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.

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"On the one hand, at one point you say you were an adviser to the Kremlin, then you're an adviser to Donald Trump". But the memo actually reveals that the FBI's probe of the Trump campaign was triggered not by the Steele dossier, but by the actions of another Trump adviser, George Papadopoulos, who reportedly bragged to an Australian diplomat in May 2016 that the Russians had political dirt on Hillary Clinton. The Nunes memo's unwitting confirmation of this fact makes nonsense of all the rest. He has long maintained that the dossier contains false material, and that there was no good reason for him to have been under surveillance.

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