As a part of the coordinated Republican assault on the Russia investigation, Donald Trump’s corrupt GOP allies have become very invested in Carter Page. That was a bad idea.
Corporate puppet and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), for instance, defended his party’s unsavory tactics last week, telling reporters, “There are legitimate questions about whether an American’s civil liberties were violated.” He was talking about Page, who was a foreign policy adviser to Trump’s cheating presidential campaign.
Friday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who is the key player behind the dishonest and discredited partisan memo, told Fox News, “I don’t believe that somebody like Mr. Page should be a target of the FBI.”
Remember this when reading the piece Time magazine published on the weekend:
Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page bragged that he was an adviser to the Kremlin in a letter obtained by TIME that raises new questions about the extent of Page’s contacts with the Russian government over the years.
The letter, dated Aug. 25, 2013, was sent by Page to an academic press during a dispute over edits to an unpublished manuscript he had submitted for publication, according to an editor who worked with Page.
“Over the past half year, I have had the privilege to serve as an informal advisor to the staff of the Kremlin in preparation for their Presidency of the G-20 Summit next month, where energy issues will be a prominent point on the agenda,” the letter reads.
If you’re starting to think that Republicans don’t know what the hell they’re doing, you’re not the only one
The same year in which Carter Page named himself in writing as an adviser to the Kremlin, a Russian spy ring targeted him, drawing FBI scrutiny.
Six months after this, the spy ring was broken up – causing multiple criminal convictions – Page joined the Donald Trump campaign as a foreign policy adviser, even though he was an unqualified dunce. A few months after that, Page, newly identified by Trump as somebody who had the Republican candidate’s ear on issues related to international affairs, went to Russia, met up with top officials, and denounced U.S. sanctions on the Putin government.
It was the kind of thing that was likely to draw the interest of U.S. counter-intelligence officials – and that’s just what happened: Page was suspected as an agent of a foreign adversary.
Then Trump illegitimately won the election, at which point, Page returned to Moscow for another visit, during which time he again met with his Russian puppet masters.
Remember that according to House Republicans, someone like Mr. Page should not be the subject of FBI scrutiny. This is the poorly chosen cornerstone of the whole pro-Trump effort to sabotage the federal investigation into the Trump-Russia treason scandal.
I think the better question is why Trump hired a suspected Russian agent as a foreign policy adviser for unexplained reasons.