Page Referred to Himself as 'Advisor' to Kremlin Staff in 2013 Letter

Controversial Memo Releases with a Political Crisis on Friday

Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page struggled to explain Tuesday how he could be an informal adviser to the Kremlin and also advise an American presidential campaign.

"I made a commitment not to talk about the internal work that I did at the campaign", Page says in the 2016 clip when asked whether he had ever met Trump.

Democrats pounced on public comments over the past day by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and intelligence committee member Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), arguing that the GOP memo's failure to mention a key footnote in the Federal Bureau of Investigation application shows how the party has cherry-picked classified facts to protect President Donald Trump.

"Totally uninterested" is rather hyperbolic, considering the extensive coverage the document has received, but many journalists do indeed wonder whether the memo is much more than an incomplete, politically motivated account.

Page said he was one of many people brought in from around the world for the G-20 Summit. "I don't think I've ever met him". He told ABC News he was reminded of a letter he sent to then-FBI Director James Comey in September 2016, after news reports began raising questions about his travels to Russian Federation. On Monday, the House intelligence Committee voted to allow the release the Democrats assessment of that evidence.

"I hope they get it", he said. "Then you're an adviser to Donald Trump".

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At the heart of the debate is the question of who, exactly, is Carter Page.

During a "Good Morning America" interview, Carter Page defended his Russian Federation ties by downplaying his previous boasts about advising The Kremlin back in 2013. He told Fox News he was in Hawaii at the time. The recruiter says he "promised Male-1 a lot" and told him he would use his "connections in Russia" to "push contracts" his way. Page says he had subsequent similar meetings, describing them to TIME as "really plain-vanilla stuff".

Page was on the FBI's radar long before the 2016 Steele dossier, according to Time.

Gidley added that, "While President Trump has the utmost respect and support for the rank-and-file members of the F.B.I., the anti-Trump bias at the top levels that appear to have existed is troubling".

"It sounds - giving documents, to a quote unquote spy - it sounds a lot worse than reality, but that's reality".

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