Carter Page Who Once Bragged About Advising Kremlin Backtracks

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George Stephanopoulos had Carter Page on Good Morning America on Tuesday, and grilled the former Trump campaign adviser over his past claims about advising the Russian government. McClatchy reported previous year that in 2008, the U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan sent a cable to the U.S. State Department describing how Page had met with government officials in the country, which was formerly part of the Soviet Union, about possibly working for their oil companies.

The information, collected by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, also was funded by Republicans opposed to Trump's candidacy ― a fact not mentioned in the Nunes memo.

To provide a fuller picture, intelligence committee Democrats insist, House Republicans must vote on Monday to release a classified 11-page rebuttal they wrote to the GOP memo.

The letter was sent during a dispute about edits on a manuscript Page had written.

But he declined to say where the president was leaning and White House officials said they could not predict Trump's ultimate decision.

Page said during the ABC News interview on Tuesday that he "never spoke" with Trump "any time in my life".

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Speaking with Ingraham, Page said people within the Trump campaign who had "any connection positive or otherwise" with Russian Federation were constantly the "number one target for attack".

"I was a witness to a case they were doing". Page said he used that description in connection to meetings he held in advance of an worldwide summit about global energy issues.

At the heart of the debate is the question of who, exactly, is Carter Page. 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. There he delivered a speech critical of USA policy toward Russia and met with Russian deputy prime minister Arkadiy Dvorkovich.

Gidley added that, "While President Trump has the utmost respect and support for the rank-and-file members of the F.B.I., the anti-Trump bias at the top levels that appear to have existed is troubling". "For now, his enthusiasm works for me", the recruiter says of Page.

Page also rejected reports he shared sensitive documents with Russian spies, saying the allegations are "worse than reality".

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