- Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page appeared on Fox News Monday
- The U.S. government surveilled Page for nearly a year
- Page is accused of being the Trump campaign’s liaison to the Kremlin in a collusion scheme
The U.S. government surveilled Carter Page for nearly a year until September, but the former Trump campaign adviser says he has “no fear whatsoever” that his intercepted emails and phone calls will implicate him in the collusion investigation.
Page, President Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser, appeared on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News on Monday to discuss a Democratic memo released Saturday that attempted to justify the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants taken out against him.
The FBI and Justice Department extensively cited the unverified Steele dossier in its applications for the four warrants, the first was granted on Oct. 21, 2016. The last was taken out in June and stretched through September, well into the timeframe of Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation. (RELATED: What The Democrats Left Out Of Their Memo)
Page is accused in the dossier of being the Trump campaign’s liaison to the Kremlin for the collusion scheme. The energy consultant, who has been interviewed extensively by the FBI and has reportedly appeared before Mueller’s grand jury, has vehemently denied the allegations.
“The government … spied on you, four different warrants for a full year,” Hannity said to Page, who joined the Trump campaign in March 2016.”You know what they have on you. You know the emails that they were able to get. Is there anything that in any way that would implicate you in any way to associate yourself with Russians to impact the elections in this country?”
“I have no fear whatsoever,” Page replied.
Hannity also made the point that if Page was involved in a collusion conspiracy as the dossier alleges, it is likely that authorities would have charged him with a crime by now. If he was a cooperating witness, he would not be giving TV interviews to discuss the dossier and the allegations against him, Hannity claimed.
“Do you think you would have been charged by the special counsel now if they had any evidence?” asked Hannity.
Page declined to go into detail, but said that he has “never been given any information” that he’s “under any serious consideration over recent months.”
In the dossier, former British spy Christopher Steele alleges that during a well-publicized trip to Moscow in July 2016, Page met secretly with two Kremlin insiders, Igor Sechin and Igor Diveykin.
In the alleged Diveykin meeting, Steele claims that Page was told of “kompromot” that the Russian government had on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Another part of the dossier claims that Page came up with the idea to direct stolen Democratic and Clinton emails to WikiLeaks in order to drive a wedge between Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters.
Page directly denied the allegations when Hannity asked about them.
“Did anybody in Russia ever suggest to you that they had negative information on Hillary?” the host said.
“Not one word. Nothing whatsoever. Not even a glimpse of an offer,” said Page.
If anything about him in the dossier is accurate, Page replied: “Absolutely not a word.”
“It’s a laughable joke,” he added.
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