Carter Page, the former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign now at the center of the ongoing Russia investigation, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that he has never in his life communicated with the president.
“I never spoke with him since. I never spoke with him any time in my life,” Page said when asked by ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos if he had spoken to the president since a secret surveillance warrant against Page was approved in October, 2016. Stephanopoulos followed up with Page, asking, “no e-mail, no text, nothing like that?” to which Page replied, “never.”
Page mostly continued his habit of dodging questions about his connections to Russia. As he has before, Page denied one of the key points of Steele’s dossier, which is that Page had a secret meeting with a Russian oil executive, a close ally to Russian President Vladimir Putin, about possibly lifting sanctions against the country. Trump officials have consistently tried to downplay Page’s role in the campaign.
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Page explained a number of his past run-ins with the FBI, before the ABC News anchor stepped in to remind Page that he once wrote that he served “as an informal adviser to the staff of the Kremlin.”
“So you were recruited at one point by a Russian agent, then you wrote yourself that you were an informal adviser to the Kremlin. So that does lead people to believe: ‘is this guy working with Russia?’”
“These are your words,” Stephanopoulos pressed after Page dismissed his own past comments. “You’re advising the Kremlin.”
“You can understand how that would raise questions and could lead to probable cause,” Stephanopoulos continued. “On the one hand, at one point you say you’re an adviser to the Kremlin, then you’re an adviser to Donald Trump.”
Carter Page’s defense for that 2013 letter where he said he was an informal adviser to the Kremlin? Page: “There was a lot of people advising” the Kremlin. (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/l26iUyrkfx
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 6, 2018
NEW: Here’s video I found of Carter Page saying he’s “been working & coming to Russia & living in Russia for 25 years now. And I lived here 2004 to 2007.”
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) February 5, 2018