CNN: Intelligence Gathered By FBI Suggests Russia Tried to Use Trump Advisers to Penetrate Campaign
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) April 21, 2017
CNN reported today that US officials have informed them that intelligence gathered by the FBI last year suggests that Russia attempted to use advisers of Donald Trump to penetrate the presidential campaign. Carter Page was named as one of these advisers.
It was noted that the officials who spoke to CNN could not say for certain if Page was aware that Russian operatives were trying to utilize him, bringing up the possibility that Page was an unwitting agent of the Russians.
“My assumption throughout the last 26 years I’ve been going there has always been that any Russian person might share information with the Russian government… as I have similarly done with the CIA, the FBI and other government agencies in the past,” Page said in a statement regarding the idea that he collected info for Russia.
Those involved with the campaign have said that Trump never personally met with Page, further indicating that Page’s involvement with the campaign was very minimal. However, in a letter Page wrote to the House Intelligence Committee when offering to testify, he claimed he had “spent many hours in campaign headquarters.”
The FBI reportedly became interested in Page after he made a speech in Moscow last July while still involved with the Trump campaign. Following that trip, the FBI was able to secure a FISA warrant to monitor Page.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Page had been in contact with a Russian spy back in 2013. Following the revelation about the FISA warrant, the ex-Trump adviser appeared on CNN for an interview where he defiantly refused to answer most of host Jake Tapper‘s questions.
Watch above, via CNN.
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