Yesterday, Donald Trump put most of his few remaining political chips down on a memo that blithering idiot Devin Nunes wrote about exasperating weirdo Carter Page. Trump was hoping to convince the American people that the FBI and DOJ had abused Page’s rights by surveilling him, which would give Trump cover to fire everyone at the FBI and DOJ who is investigating him. Not only did the memo backfire of its own accord yesterday, it became catastrophic today, thanks to Page’s mouth.
Carter Page was a foreign policy adviser for the Donald Trump campaign for several months, before his ties to the Kremlin were publicly exposed and Trump had to dump him. He had taken a trip to Moscow during the campaign, where he gave a speech praising Vladimir Putin and trashing the United States, while also meeting with Kremlin officials. By his own admission, he was associating with Kremlin spies in New York a few years ago. Trump somehow thought he could sell the idea that the FBI was wrong for having dared to get a surveillance warrant on the guy. That didn’t work. Then it got even worse today.
Now it turns out that Page has, in his own words, admitted to being a Kremlin advisor. In fact he used those exact words. Time Magazine (link) dug up these words written by Page in a letter from 2013: “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.”
So even as Donald Trump is trying and failing to sell Carter Page as some kind of innocent victim who was being picked on by the FBI and DOJ, here comes Page’s confession that he’s a “Kremlin advisor.” In hindsight, it would have been criminal if the Feds hadn’t been surveilling him. Also, this confirms that Trump hired a self admitted Kremlin advisor for his campaign staff.
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