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Devin Nunes and the big Carter Page contradiction

Devin Nunes and the big Carter Page contradiction

"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.

"I certainly have been in a number of meetings with him and I've learned a tremendous amount from him", he said. A controversial Republican intelligence memo released last week highlighted that Page had been targeted.

"But you can understand how that could raise questions and lead to probable cause", Stephanopoulos argued. "Then you're an adviser to Donald Trump".

He was asked about briefings he gave while with the Trump campaign and whether he ever talked to the then-candidate.

Page still insisted that the only supposed probable cause stemmed from the "dodgy dossier", despite Democrats claiming otherwise.

The four-page memo accuses senior DOJ officials of improperly using information from the so-called Steele dossier - which originated as an opposition research document during the 2016 presidential race - to obtain surveillance warrants on Page.

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"You gave ... documents to [a Russian who the FBI] charged with espionage". Page said that was "spin", because, in reality he was teaching a course at NYU and the documents he had turned over were materials that he gave to his students. Page admits talking to the undercover Russian spy but said he did not realize that the man was an intelligence agent at the time and that he did not share anything sensitive.

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But as Stephanopoulos pointed out, that were "a lot of people" advising the Kremlin doesn't change the fact that Page was one of them.

Last fall, Page admitted that the topic of Russia "may have come up" in emails with campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to charges of making a false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contact with Russian government officials.

At a news conference in January 2017, incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that "Carter Page is an individual who the president-elect does not know".

And in November 2017, Page told the House Intelligence Committee he was invited to speak in Russian Federation after joining the campaign, and that senior campaign officials knew about the engagement.