Carter Page Wiki: The Mystery of Donald Trump's Ex-Foreign Policy Adviser
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 8:45
According to The Post, news of the warrant is the clearest indicator that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had reason to believe that a Trump campaign adviser had communicated with Russian agents.
FBI Director James Comey has acknowledged that an investigation was opened a year ago into Russia's efforts to influence the election and the question of whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin.
The Trump administration has called Page's role "informal", and Page has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
One current official told AFP that Page never met Trump, did not have a campaign pass and was only mentioned as an advisor because the billionaire candidate was under pressure to show he had a policy brain trust.
Carter Page is a 1993 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.
"The FISA court and its orders are highly secretive", The Associated Press notes. Trump has also said he does not recall ever meeting Page, according to CNN. Page was a former investment banker in Moscow who Trump named as one of his foreign policy advisers during an interview. To get that order, investigators had to persuade a judge that there was probable cause to believe the adviser Carter Page was acting as a foreign agent. Court records already in the public domain show that a man subsequently identified as Mr Page interacted with a Russian spook, who was posing as a diplomat, in NY in 2013 (Mr Page says only publicly available material was exchanged). 'I do not talk about any ongoing investigations, ' he offered meekly in response to a question about whether he's persuaded the FBI that he's no Russian spy.
IT SEEMED a little unusual when, in an interview with the Washington Post in March of 2016, Donald Trump named Carter Page as a foreign-policy adviser.
Page visited Moscow in July 2016 for a speech at the New Economic School, which he described as traveling in personal capacity. However, after the school cited his role in the Trump campaign saying he was advertising for him in the speech, Page's alleged ties to Russian Federation came under scrutiny. In response, he denied that Page was a part of the National Security team, with a few of Trump's sources further adding that Carter Page was never a part of Trump's campaign and never met the president.
The campaign began distancing itself from Page after his trip to Russian Federation, saying he was only an informal adviser.
Comey declined to comment during the hearing about any individuals, including Page, who worked in Moscow for Merrill Lynch a decade ago and who has said he invested in Russian energy giant Gazprom. It added that Page was the "only American to have had his communications directly targeted with a FISA warrant in 2016 as part of the Russian Federation probe".
Page told several media outlets that he finds the report about the FISA warrant "very encouraging" because he believes it will ultimately prove he was unfairly targeted by the government for his support of closer U.S. -Russia ties. "It will be interesting to see what comes out when the unjustified basis for those FISA requests are more fully disclosed over time, including potentially the Dodgy Dossier - a document that clearly is false evidence, which could represent yet another potential crime".