While President Donald Trump was rage-tweeting about the FISA documents detailing connections between Russians and former campaign adviser Carter Page, CNN anchor Jake Tapper was busy nailing Page for lying about those ties.
On Saturday, the FBI released redacted FISA documents partly showing the reasons why they sought warrants to investigate Russian infiltration of the Trump campaign, especially since Page had long been under investigation for being a foreign agent.
“The FBI believes that Page has been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government,” the documents state. “There is probable cause that such activities involve or are about to involve violations of the criminal statutes of the United States.”
Trump immediately labeled the investigation a “scam” in response to the release.
.@PeteHegseth on @FoxNews “Source #1 was the (Fake) Dossier. Yes, the Dirty Dossier, paid for by Democrats as a hit piece against Trump, and looking for information that could discredit Candidate #1 Trump. Carter Page was just the foot to surveil the Trump campaign…” ILLEGAL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2018
But when Tapper interviewed Page on Sunday morning, it was quickly revealed that Page has been lying about his Russia ties and that the FBI definitely had every reason to investigate Trump’s campaign, especially since Page acted as a foreign policy adviser on the campaign.
“The document accuses you of being a — quote — agent of a foreign power. Were you?” Tapper asked.
Page responded by repeatedly insulting the investigation and denying the allegations in the FISA documents.
“Jake, this is so ridiculous,” Page said. “It’s just beyond words. You know, it’s — you’re talking about misleading the courts. It’s just so misleading going through the 400 plus page documents, where do we even begin? It’s literally a complete joke. It only continues. It’s just really sad.”
“Were you ever an agent of a foreign power?” Tapper repeated. “Did you ever advise the Kremlin or work with the Kremlin on anything?”
“Look, Jake, I — no, I’ve never been an agent of a foreign power in any — by any stretch of the imagination,” Page insisted.
Page went on to claim that calling him an adviser to the Kremlin is “over the top.”
Done playing games with the sputtering Page, Tapper produced an August 2013 letter written by the former Trump adviser admitting that he was an “informal adviser” to the Kremlin.
“Over the past half year, I have had the privilege to serve as an informal adviser to the staff of the Kremlin,” Page wrote.
Oops. Either Page forgot about this letter or he was just caught lying about his ties to Russia.
Here’s the video via YouTube.
Page’s ties to Russia and his subsequent role in Trump’s campaign gave the FBI plenty of cause to investigate. If Trump wants to blame someone, he should blame himself for hiring him in the first place. But seeing as how Trump campaign officials repeatedly met with Russians and lied about it, the FBI was totally justified in pursuing the investigation and Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be able to continue the investigation without interference.
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