Who is Carter Page? I’m not solely positive. I took a take a look at his look within the Steele Dossier yesterday right here. Whoever he’s, Page doesn’t seem to have met with the Russian oligarch Igor Sechin throughout Page’s journey to Russia in July 2016, the Steele Dossier on the contrary however. He doesn’t seem to have been provided a 19 p.c curiosity in a Russian oil firm in alternate for persuading President Trump to take away sanctions on Russia, the Steele Dossier (absurdly) on the contrary however. He seems to be a sufferer of the Steele Dossier and the Clinton presidential marketing campaign. That was the purpose of my submit yesterday.
He seems additionally to have been a sufferer of the FBI, nonetheless, and of the Department of Justice, who collectively secured a FISA warrant on him in October 2016. The FISA warrant utility was primarily based considerably on Steele’s file of Russian disinformation gathered on the behest of the Clinton presidential marketing campaign.
We have but to see the FISA warrant utility secured in opposition to Page, although the much less redacted model of the Grassley memo launched yesterday heightens considerations concerning the attainable authorities misconduct concerned in its issuance. A associated Wall Street Journal editorial amplifies this level. Unlike some conspiracy theorists who attempt to resolve an equation with too many variables to confess of answer, nonetheless, I’m fairly positive that Page isn’t a former worker of the FBI.
One of our most prolific commenters famous yesterday famous that Page “also takes the Fifth when convenient,” citing this Bloomberg story. What about that? I critically doubt that this commenter has learn Page’s testimony. He couldn’t even hassle himself to hyperlink to a narrative that adopted the general public launch of the transcript of Page’s testimony.
Page testified to the House Intelligence Committee final 12 months on November 2. The transcript of his testimony was launched just a few days later. Page testified for seven hours. He was not represented by counsel on the listening to. Although he was a troublesome witness, he didn’t assert the Fifth Amendment in response to any query posed. He answered each query put to him. He himself insisted that the transcript of his testimony be made public. He addressed his July 2016 journey to Russia.
Page asserted the Fifth Amendment with resect to paperwork subpoenaed by the committee. He mentioned his invocation of the Fifth Amendment as to subpoenaed paperwork in two colloquies with Adam Schiff. He took the place that the paperwork themselves wouldn’t incriminate him. He really gave away his Fifth Amendment safety in that respect (if he had not already carried out so with the committee beforehand).
Some observers and commenters subtract from the sum complete of human data on the troublesome points that we search to unravel within the matter of the 2016 election — some willfully, some as a result of they don’t know what they’re speaking about. There is not any substitute for reviewing the accessible paperwork and transcripts with our personal eyes. The committee posted the transcript on-line right here. I’ve embedded the partially redacted transcript of Page’s testimony beneath. Politico’s Kyle Cheney and Randy Lemmerman revealed a workmanlike abstract right here.
Testimony of Carter Page by Scott Johnson on Scribd