Carter Page Changes His Story On Russian Meetings

The New York Times reports:

Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump presidential campaign, met Russian government officials during a July 2016 trip he took to Moscow, according to testimony he gave on Thursday to the House Intelligence Committee.

Shortly after the trip, Mr. Page sent an email to at least one Trump campaign aide describing insights he had after conversations with government officials, legislators and business executives during his time in Moscow, according to one person familiar with the contents of the message. The email was read aloud during the closed-door testimony.

The new details of the trip present a different picture than the account Mr. Page has given during numerous appearances in the news media in recent months and are yet another example of a Trump adviser meeting with Russians officials during the 2016 campaign.

In multiple interviews with The New York Times, he had either denied meeting with any Russian government officials during the July 2016 visit or sidestepped the question, saying he met with “mostly scholars.” Mr. Page confirmed the meetings in an interview on Friday evening, but played down their significance.

More from CNN:

When Page spoke with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Friday afternoon, he said he had only met with academics and a few business people whom he had “known for over a decade.”

In his interview with Tapper, Page also confirmed that before going on the trip he mentioned his plans to travel to Russia to then-Sen. Jeff Sessions as well as “a few people” on the Trump campaign.

When Tapper asked if Sessions, now the US attorney general, was “the only one on the campaign that knew about the trip,” Page replied: “I mentioned it to a few people.” “Who else?” Tapper asked. “You know, it’ll come out,” Page said. “Things keep leaking in this.”

  • Henry Auvil

    This guy is so dumb, he has to be a Trump love child.

    • William

      Eric, Tiffany and a time machine.

    • Lawerence Collins

      He only loves himself and Ivanka

  • David L. Caster

    Such a lovely bunch of conspirators and hacks.

  • SoCalVet

    Follow-up question: “So why do you appear to be so comfortable coming on these broadcasts and lying to the American people so blatantly? Are you just completely amoral and without ethics?”

    • David L. Caster

      All the Trumpanistas fit the description.

    • Dramphooey

      It’s the weird, I’m-not-bothered-you’re-bothered smile the deplorables use. It is also used by creepy Christians in online conversations when they punctuate everything they say with : ) just so you know they’re smiling as they fight with you.

      • David L. Caster

        The smug superiority they exude is so telling.

      • Jeff Lynn

        Children of the Corn

      • Michael White

        Just like “god luv ya” . means your are a fucking asshole.Good kkkristians they are

      • northern_neighbour

        “Oh you’ll know soon enough … who the others are … but I personally have the integrity to not be the leaker …”

        Big evangelical style flash of the smiling teeth. I’m a big celebrity!

        We can be sure though that he’s bleating out plenty to the Mueller team, in exchange for a good deal of immunity.

        Guy would have sold out his own sister for a free night out on the town.

        Next thing you know he’ll be claiming that he has “found Jesus”, and ride that one for all it’s worth. Scumbags… he and his ilk.

      • RoFaWh

        The JW who turned up on my doorstep with a smarmy smile was very surprised when I gave him the bum’s rush and physically pushed him back to his ride.

        One thing interesting: before I shut him down, he had time to say “it is for our records.” Oh? The JW’s keep records on people who are not members of their cult? Is the data base registered with the Privacy Commissioner?

        Thought not.

        I see a way to possibly cause some grief for those assholes. One email might be all it takes.

    • RoFaWh

      That’s the question Kellyanne needs.

      Her answer would be, of course, “yes, I completely lack morals and ethics.”

    • Judas Peckerwood

      It’s called “sociopathy”.

    • stanhope

      Naw hun, thing is an attention seeker of first rank. Consider, she is no looker. In the average gay bar, she would surely be a last call Lucy relegated to after the bar closes car action…the gal who gets no kisses, just a SWALLOW B**CH! Now she has some spotlight and she is eating it up. You light a candle for gals like her.

  • Tatonka

    That evasiveness tells me that one of those people must have been Trump.

    • canoebum

      Ding-ding-ding! We have a winner!

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  • Joe in PA

    I can’t believe he hasn’t left the country. Mueller promise him immunity?

    • GayOldLady

      Get your scorecard out, I feel another wave of arrests coming while Trump is out of the country. This is going to better with each passing day.

      • Joe in PA

        I know…I was reading on Twitter this week that Friday (yesterday) was supposed to be the announcement of another round of indictments. Sadly that turned out to be wishful thinking. 🙁 Patience is not my strong suit.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Oh, I just want to shove a red hot poker up his ass

    • ohbear1957

      Judging by his expression in the picture, you’re too late.

    • Leo

      Trump’s already there, too late. Wah, waaaahhhh…..

  • Leo
    • Dramphooey

      “I don’t like him:” well, don’t hold back, George. The way this is written it looks as if the title of the book is “I Don’t Like Him” which is actually a good idea paired with the picture of Trump and his huge ass while golfing. The sequel can be “I Fucking Hate Him.”

      • Snarkaholic

        Part 3 can be “Dick Cheney’s Latest Hunting Trip.”

        • OdieDenCO

          subtitled: fun with dick and bush

          • RoFaWh

            If fun with a dick is in the offing, I prefer no bush.

  • AJ Drew

    Erm-kay Carter. That’s like saying “I’m not gay but my boyfriend is.” Hmm, come to think of it, he very well may have said that at some point.

  • Boreal
    • shellback

      As in, dumb as a …

    • glass

      Is this the Nemeton from Teen Wolf that attracts all kinds of evil?

      • Boreal

        Don’t know.

  • shellback
  • Michael R
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  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    What enrages me are Trumpy Nazis thinking Russia is their friend. Putin is NOBODY’S friend. He views Trumpies as low-grade useful idiots that he has no use in his own country and they’re in denial about that.

  • Galvestonian

    Slimy weasel – reminds me of Beauregard Sessions in a way … didn’t Shakespeare say something about beware the smiler with a knife behind his
    back ? This is the picture I get of Page and of Sessions — only Sessions is smarter and more devious.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Obviously, he should be locked up. The only question is the type of facility.

  • lymis

    Yet another case of “extreme vetting” by the Trump Administration.

    • charemor

      Hiring only the best people.

  • Dazzer

    Just in case anyone is interested, this is Carter Page’s interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy on Channel 4 News in the UK last night.

    About half way through, you can see that Krishnan has dismissed him as an obvious nutter.
    https://www.channel4.com/news/carter-page-allegations-against-trump-are-completely-outrageous

    • JRDC

      Yep. At the end the reporter is like, “get him the fuck outta here.”

      • Dazzer

        It’s Guru-Murthy all over. If he’s decided an intervieweee is too sub-par to make it to the Muppets he always throws in a question that will entertain him.

        In this case it was the: “Perhaps you were too stupid to know you were being used as a puppet and don’t have the influence you think you have?”

        • JRDC

          Lol. Yeah that was a good one.

    • -M-

      That’s painful to watch. Page refers to his congressional testimony as “meetings” and “conversations”.

      He lies and deflects with the complete lack of awareness of a very young child.

  • alguien

    i take a drink every time he says dodgy dossier

    • William

      Easy there.

    • Dazzer

      It’s a blatant rip-off of Andrew Gilligan’s, a British journalist, description of Tony Blair’s justification for going to war with Iraq.

      Not only can Mr Page not come up with his own snappy description, he appears to be running Andrew Gilligan’s description of something entirely different into the ground.

      • Chucktech

        Dim bulbs like Page generally don’t rise above the derivative.

      • Reality.Bites

        I grew up watching Gilligan’s Idiom.

  • William

    Page is the world’s only living brain donor.

    • JCF

      LOLZ!

  • AlternativeQuacks

    “You know. It’ll come out. Things keep leaking in this.”

    That does seem to be a recurring theme around Trump.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/x2Lz2AIzwzCZq/giphy.gif

  • clay

    We must be careful, here. If Randy Rainbow ever mocks him we won’t be able to tell truth from fiction (unless Randy does the entire piece in song).

  • anne marie in philly

    LOCK HIM UP! he’s a lying liar and guilty as sin!

  • JRDC

    He’s smiling because he knows it’s true. These fucking scumbags can’t even lie well.

  • five

    “Things keep leaking in this.” They should tattoo that across Trump’s ass.

    • andrew

      There’s plenty of room to do that tat in all caps.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        And in a large font size

  • andrew

    Not only is it treasonous that they were meeting with Russian authoritarians in order to win the White House. It is pathetic at how amateurish they were. The Russian authoritarians must have been amazed at how easy it was to undermine American democracy.

  • -M-

    Carter seems desperate for notoriety and always seems to think he’s doing well and being so clever and witty in these appearances.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    …the walls, come crumblin’ down…

  • JWC

    Carter is an idiot I hope his 7 hours of testimony impressed on hm that they no longer would tolerate it

  • Gianni

    This dude strikes me as a ding-a-ling.

  • stanhope

    Miss Carter Page, next appearing on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. This girl will turn tail at the first sign of a threat of jail cuz she knows that, while she likes ginving away hole, she’s a proper white woman and being Bubba’s bitch won’t enhance her bonafides. LOL