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.
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 Russia.
He has been on the FBI’s radar since 2013 when he had contact with a Russian diplomat who just so happened to be charged with espionage two years later, the New York Daily News reports.
As it turns out, investigators found that the diplomat had been trying to recruit Page as a spy. During their meeting, Page provided documents to the diplomat, which he claimed on "GMA" were just notes from a course he was teaching at New York University.
“It sounds a lot worse than reality, but that's reality,” Page said during the interview.
After leaving his post as an adviser to the Trump campaign back in October 2016, Page took a trip to Russia, which put him back in the FBI’s sights.
All of this is made even sketchier by the fact that Page said back in 2013 that he’d been “an informal adviser to the staff of the Kremlin in preparation for their presidency of the G-20 Summit.” The letter in which Page’s own words appear was recently obtained by Time magazine.
However, when he was asked about his role with the Kremlin in Tuesday’s interview, he made it seem like he was just one adviser among many, maintaining that the Kremlin was “bringing together people from around the world” to help with the economic summit that was held in St. Petersburg.
“There was a lot of people advising,” Page asserted.
In an attempt to further distance his Russia ties from the president, he also said that — despite being a former campaign adviser — he has “never spoken with [Trump] any time in [his] life.”
In the interview, Page dismissed the “dodgy dossier” that was released last year and prompted suspicions about Trump's dealings with Russia. He claimed the dossier was the only grounds that the Department of Justice relied upon to renew its warrant to eavesdrop on him in spring 2017. He said he believes that the FBI’s surveillance of him was a violation of his civil rights.
All of this backtracking is quite suspicious and gives the impression that everyone implicated in this ongoing Russia scandal is simply trying to cover their own tracks. Alas, Page is expecting to be cleared by the materials used to secure the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant, which The New York Times has requested in an effort to obtain answers to some of the questions raised by the Nunes memo.