Kirsters Baish| The House Intel Committee should have thought twice before allowing Democrat Adam Schiff to become a ranking member, because he has been making himself look like a total fool. Carter Page has claimed that his March 2016 interview with the FBI didn’t have anything to do with Russian collusion within the Trump campaign. Instead, he stated, it had to do with events that took place in 2013 when he was a witness for the FBI, as reported by Paul Sperry.
Page’s statement is the exact opposite of what was stated in Adam Schiff’s 10 page memo. In the memo, he maintains that Page was questioned by the FBI about his personal ties to Russia in March of 2016.
Four different warrants on Carter Page were obtained by Barack Obama’s FBI/DOJ. One was a FISA warrant and the other three were subsequent renewals which let Obama’s guys surveil the Trump campaign.
The Gateway Pundit reports:
In an effort to justify using a FOREIGN intelligence spy warrant on an American citizen [Carter Page], leaker and liar Adam Schiff claimed the former Trump campaign advisor was long on the FBI radar for his shadowy ties to Russia. In fact, Schiff said in his 10-page junk memo that Carter Page was grilled by the FBI in March of 2016, before the Russia dossier was compiled, about his Russian contacts.
Schiff, along with the rest of the House Democrats, claimed in the 10 page memo, “The FBI interviewed Page multiple times about his Russian intelligence contacts, including in March 2016. The FBI’s concern about and knowledge of Page’s activities therefore long predate the FBI’s receipt of Steele’s information.” The memo was released in direct response to Devin Nunes’ FISA abuse memo.
Schiff stated, “In order to understand the context in which the FBI sought a FISA warrant for Carter Page, it is necessary to understand … what the FBI knew about Page prior to making application to the court — including Page’s previous interaction with Russian intelligence operatives.”
According to investigative reporter Paul Sperry, this is totally untrue. Sperry interviewed Carter Page.
Paul Sperry reported:
In an interview with RealClearInvestigations, Page insists that the [March 2016] interview in question – held at then-U.S. attorney Preet Bharara’s office in New York — had “absolutely nothing” to do with the Trump campaign or Russian collusion. Instead of being grilled about shadowy ties, he says he answered questions “related to events in 2013, in a case where I had served as a witness in support of the FBI.”
In 2013, a Russian national working as an unregistered foreign agent at a Russian bank in Manhattan sought information from Page, a longtime energy consultant, related to U.S. efforts to develop alternative energy resources, according to court papers filed by the FBI. Although Page thought the man was a legitimate banker after meeting him at an energy symposium in New York City, he was a Russian agent under federal investigation. He was later caught on surveillance dismissing Page as an “idiot.”
The FBI informed Page in 2013 that the Russians might be trying to recruit him.
A U.S. Naval Academy alumnus, Page cooperated as a witness in that case, which was coordinated with the bureau’s Counterespionage Section Chief Peter Strzok in Washington, and he helped the government convict the Russian spy. Evgeny Buryakov pleaded guilty to espionage-related charges on March 11, 2016. FBI agents, as well as federal prosecutors, huddled with Page around that time to tie up loose ends, he said. “It had absolutely nothing to do with the election interference story, which surfaced months later,” Page said.
The March 2016 interview between the FBI and Carter Page took place days prior to Trump announcing that he had picked Page as one of his advisors, which made Schiff’s claims look even worse off.
Schiff is trying to claim that Page had already been in the view of the FBI because of his issues with the Russians in the past. They never did get Page on their side, however.
In the end, the Russians were unable to recruit Page and never received any state secrets from him. Monaghan did not recommend espionage or any other charges against Page, who by all accounts acted as a reliable and trusted witness in the case. Far from being a Russian spy, Page was characterized to the court as someone who helped the FBI catch Russian spies.
Read Paul Sperry’s entire report here.
BREAKING: Dems misled public about FBI's pre-dossier interview of Carter Pagehttps://t.co/ZaugLi01Xy
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) June 7, 2018