On a day when the Trump-Russia scandal and investigation are exploding on multiple fronts, including a Special Counsel grand jury issuing subpoenas to those involved in the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russia, a largely forgotten player in the scandal is suddenly back in the news. It now turns out Carter Page, who was long suspected of being a Trump-Russia go between, was under federal surveillance the entire time he worked for Donald Trump.
It was widely reported months ago that there had been a FISA surveillance warrant on Carter Page since at least the summer of 2016, which would have been around the midpoint of his time working for the Donald Trump campaign. But a new on-air report today from CNN reveals that the surveillance on Page dates all the way back to 2014. This means that every word of Page’s remote communications with Donald Trump and the campaign have likely been recorded.
There is also the question of why this new revelation about Carter Page is suddenly leaking out on the same day in which Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel is now essentially entering the public phase of its investigation and prosecution. There have been no reports that Page was in any way involved in the meeting between Trump Jr. and Russia. But it’s worth asking if it’s a coincidence that this new information about Page is leaking on the same day subpoenas are going out to Trump campaign members.
This could be the Feds’ way of signaling to those receiving the subpoenas that there’s no point in trying to hide certain phone calls or digital communications they may have had with regard to Russia, because they were intercepted through the surveillance on Carter Page. As the grand jury story comes to the forefront, keep an eye out for any ongoing mentions of Carter Page if you want to figure out how he plays into this.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report