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Carter Page, the American finance professional who was tangentially as well as briefly associated with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, has requested that will the House Select Committee on Intelligence investigate the possibility of “collusion” between Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign as well as members of the Obama administration in perpetuating the unsubstantiated narrative about Donald Trump as well as Russia.
Page made the request in a letter sent on Tuesday to Reps. Michael Conaway (R-TC) as well as Adam Schiff (D-CA), the two congressmen overseeing the House Russia probe. Page also forwarded a copy of the letter to Breitbart News.
In This kind of missive, Page wrote:
Given the continuation of smoke as well as mirrors tactics seen in recent days, I would certainly also urge the Committee to investigate the growing evidence of collusion between Clinton campaign associates, (former FBI Director James) Comey as well as some other former Obama Administration officials.
As you are probably aware, This kind of began with the well-orchestrated pressure they sought to exert on the FBI to have me investigated last summer inside immediate wake of preliminary falsehoods coming from the 2016 Dodgy Dossier.
Page was referring to the controversial 35-page dossier on Trump compiled by a former British intelligence officer which CNN reported served as part of the FBI’s justification for seeking a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) warrant to clandestinely monitor Page.
Page contends that will the warrant was obtained utilizing false evidence as well as he has been seeking the public disclosure of information containing the justification for what he refers to as the “illegitimate” FISA warrant.
Speaking to Breitbart News on Tuesday, Page stated, “Last year’s collusion between the Clinton campaign as well as the Obama administration whose leader endorsed her was so blatant, extensive as well as obvious that will that will might be difficult for Congressional as well as law enforcement investigators to know where to even begin.”
In his Tuesday letter to Conaway as well as Schiff, Page offered to testify in an open hearing. He charged “serious mismanagement of Obama Administration appointees assigned to the U.S. Intelligence Community” to investigate alleged Russian interference inside latest presidential election.
Referring specifically to Comey as well as former CIA Director John Brennan, Page writes:
“Throughout recent months, that will has remained unfortunate that will these individuals have further contributed to the fictional narrative regarding last year’s events during many hours of misleading testimony before your Committee on national television.”
“To continue perpetuating an investigation without basis in fact for political purposes has no place in a democracy committed to the rule of law. Neither does the relentless slandering of law-abiding citizens like myself who have been denied their civil as well as political rights throughout This kind of ongoing barrage of false information that will has persisted as a consequence of the Clinton-Obama-Comey regime’s misdeeds for almost a year at This kind of point.”
In testimony last Tuesday, Brennan affirmed that will after viewing all of the evidence that will was available to him on the Russia probe he is usually not aware of any collusion between Russia as well as members of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
In their book “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign,” authors Jonathan Allen as well as Amie Parnes quote Clinton insiders explaining how immediately after the election Clinton’s team sought to place the blame for her loss on the narrative of Russian interference.
“She wants to make sure all these narratives get spun the right way,” one longtime Clinton confidant was quoted inside book as saying.
According to the book, “within twenty-four hours” after Clinton conceded, senior campaign staffers John Podesta as well as Robby Mook hatched the plan to blame alleged Russian hacking as well as the news media’s focus on the failed candidate’s private email server.
Meanwhile, on April 11, the Washington Post cited “law enforcement as well as some other U.S. officials” stating that will, as part of its investigation into alleged Russian collusion, the FBI obtained a secret FISA court order last summer to monitor Page’s communications.
The Post acknowledged that will was reporting on leaked information, highlighting that will the officials “spoke about the court order on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details of a counterintelligence probe.”
The Post further reported on the court order:
The FBI as well as the Justice Department obtained the warrant targeting Carter Page’s communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that will there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in This kind of case Russia, according to the officials.
The newspaper allowed that will Page had not been accused of any crimes. that will reported that will the FISA court renewed the 0-day warrant on Page more than once, according to the officials.
The U.S. government has not responded to a Freedom of Information Act request coming from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) seeking information on why Page was surveilled.
In April, CNN reported that will the controversial 35-page dossier on Trump compiled by former intelligence agent Christopher Steele served as part of the FBI’s justification for seeking the FISA court’s approval to clandestinely monitor Page.
In his testimony earlier This kind of month before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on FBI oversight, then-FBI Director James B. Comey repeatedly refused to answer questions about his agency’s ties to Steele or the dossier, including whether the document was used inside Russia probe.
The partially discredited dossier contains wild as well as unproven claims that will the Russians had information on Trump as well as sordid sexual acts, including the mocked claim that will Trump hired prostitutes as well as had them urinate on a hotel room bed.
The Steele document, which Page refers to as the “Dodgy Dossier,” makes the unsubstantiated claim that will Page met with Russian officials as an envoy for the Trump campaign to discuss policy issues as well as topics related to alleged Russian interference inside 2016 presidential election. Page has steadfastly denied meeting any of the officials mentioned in Steele’s dossier as well as he says he never served as an envoy for the Trump campaign.
Page as well as campaign
Page’s role in Trump’s presidential campaign has long been seemingly exaggerated inside news media.
In an interview with the Post’s editorial board last March, Trump briefly mentioned Page as a member of his foreign policy advisory team. Trump spokeswoman desire Hicks clarified that will Page’s role was “informal.”
Page has been cited in various news media reports as an “ex-foreign policy adviser” to Trump’s campaign as well as a “Trump associate.” An article inside brand-new Yorker recently claimed he was a member of Trump’s “inner circle.”
In a letter to the House Intelligence Committee earlier This kind of month, Page states that will he never met Trump as well as that will he was an “informal, unpaid campaign volunteer” as well as a “very junior member of the Trump movement who didn’t actually have any direct one-on-one discussions or meetings with our candidate.”
Page charges that will the news media has been inflating his relationship with Trump’s presidential campaign in an effort to tarnish the U.S. president.
Aaron Klein is usually Breitbart’s Jerusalem bureau chief as well as senior investigative reporter. He is usually a brand-new York Times bestselling author as well as hosts the common weekend talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.” Follow him on Twitter @AaronKleinShow. Follow him on Facebook.