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

Aaron Brown
February 7, 2018

Former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, Carter Page, appeared on "Good Morning America" (GMA) where he completely downplayed his connection to Trump and previous claims he made about being a Kremlin adviser.

He was pressed on whether he had ever communicated with the president, including over email or text. "I never spoke with him any time in my life", Page said when asked by ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos.

"I was teaching a course... at NYU, and I told him a couple of things about what I was talking about in my course, and I gave him a couple of notes, uh, documents that I gave my students", he said.

The four-page memo accuses senior DOJ officials of improperly using information from the so-called Steele dossier - which originated as an opposition research document during the 2016 presidential race - to obtain surveillance warrants on Page. "On the one hand, at one point you say you're an adviser to the Kremlin".

Following the release of the Nunes memo - the namesake of its drafter Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California) - Page has been in the hot seat, forced to defend his alleged relations with Russian Federation.

Page is named in a memo written by Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee that claims the Federal Bureau of Investigation used information contained in a controversial dossier partly financed by Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign to get authorization to surveil Page in 2016.

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But as Stephanopoulos pointed out, that were "a lot of people" advising the Kremlin doesn't change the fact that Page was one of them.

"There's no basis for it", he said. And he actually said he was a very low-level member of I think a committee for a short period of time.

"It sounds a lot worse than reality, but that's reality", Page said during the interview.

Stephanopoulos also mentioned Page's relationship with Victor Podobnyy, who was later charged with working as a Russian intelligence agent under diplomatic cover. Stephanopoulos confronted Page with his own claim to have served as an adviser to the Russian government.

Podobnyy, who had diplomatic immunity, fled the country.

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