Who is Carter Page; how is he connected to the Nunes memo?

Feb 02, 2018
  • By Debbie Lord, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

A House committee memo released Friday has accused the FBI and Justice Department of misleading a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge so they could extend an eavesdropping warrant against a Trump presidential campaign adviser.

The memo accuses the agencies of basing the warrant request to surveil Carter Page on a disputed dossier, compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele and partly financed by the Democratic National Committee, that alleges contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia officials.

Prior to the Steele Dossier, Page was the subject of a FISA warrant in 2014. In 2013, Russian intelligence  officials tried to recruit Page as a spy. 

Democrats on the Select House Committee on Intelligence had strongly opposed the release of the memo and drafted a memo in response to the GOP version. The FBI, as well, warned against the memo’s release.

Trump signed a request to declassify the memo and it was released shortly afterward on Friday.

Who is Carter Page and how is he connected to the memo and the Russia investigation.

How is he connected to the Trump campaign?

Page was named as a foreign policy adviser to Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. He did not stay with the campaign long, only from March to September, as his ties to Russian business and political officials became known.

He was an “unpaid adviser,” according to Page and the Trump campaign.

How does he figure in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election?

Page testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 2 without a lawyer present. According to testimony released by the committee, Page said:

Page was asked by the Senate Intelligence Committee to provide records of Russian contacts he has had in the past seven years.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 02: Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, speaks to the media after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. The committee conducting an investigation into Russia's tampering in the 2016 election. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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