Even though George Papadopoulos’ guilty plea could be troublesome for President Donald Trump and his associates, the Trump team have a far more threatening person to worry about. That person is Carter Page.
Carter Page has proven himself either a lunatic or someone who simply wants to be imprisoned after several crazy interviews. On top of not consulting an attorney, he appeared on news shows and spoke about his relations with Russian individuals. Salon reported:
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‘Legal experts were astounded last week that Page volunteered to do an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, considering special counsel Robert Mueller had just handed out indictments in the Russia investigation.’
Now, we’re getting a look at his testimony in a closed-door session with the House Intelligence Committee as the transcript has been released. Needless to say, it’s a doozy of lunacy.
During his testimony, Page openly admitted he traveled to Moscow back in July of 2016 during the presidential election.
‘Never, never. And I made that perfectly clear in the one trip that I took prior to the — one trip I took in the entire time of the candidacy of Mr. Trump. And in that one trip of July 2016, I made it perfectly clear that I’m not representing him or the campaign.’
He claimed he was simply speaking at a university, but he also admitted he’s spoken at several “leading Moscow universities or many leading Russian universities.”
He then admitted he spoke with a senior Russian government official during this trip when he had an exchange with Arkadiy Dvorkovich.
Throughout the testimony, Page told exasperated congressmen he was just trying to “be careful,” whatever that could mean. When asked if he informed the Trump campaign of his trip to Russia in July, Page admitted he had mentioned it. He again mentioned he wanted to be “very careful” because allegations were already starting to fly around that the Trump campaign had connections to Russia. When he said this, Rep. Trey Gowdy asked why he would go if he was trying to be “super careful.”
However, during questioning by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Page admitted that brief greeting with Arkadiy Dvorkovich included Dvorkovich expressing his strong support for Trump. Additionally, he called him out for saying on television he had no meetings with any government officials. When asked about Page’s testimony on meeting with government officials, Schiff remarked:
‘Perhaps most important, Page – after being presented with an email he sent to campaign supervisors, and which he did not disclose to the Committee prior to the interview and despite a subpoena from the Committee – detailed his meetings with Russian government officials and others, and said that they provided him with insights and outreach that he was interested in sharing with the campaign.’
Additionally, Schiff noted in his statement Page admitted Russia had paid for his trip in 2016.
Page’s testimony is beyond bizarre, and it gets worse. When Schiff questioned Page, he got him to admit he had a Russian SIM card that he’s used in the past. He claimed it saved him money.
Schiff also managed to get Page to admit he had withheld documents from the committee. Of course, Page then said he would be happy to provide it to the committee. Guess what? Page said he didn’t provide it despite the subpoena because he was “cautious.”
Now, keep in mind Page claims he only briefly met with one senior Russian government official. Rep. Schiff brought up an email Page sent to the campaign that stated he had “incredible insights and outreach” from “Russian legislators and senior members” of Putin’s presidential administration. Page’s answer to this was convoluted and made no sense, whatsoever. He even managed to fit in a reference to Obama. You know, because Obama did it.
Even better, Page testified he was not thoroughly convinced that Russia did not attempt to influence the 2016 election.
Furthermore, he stuck his foot further in his mouth when he admitted some of the board members of the Russian university he spoke at had government ties including the one who invited him to speak at the university.
The testimony goes on and on, and though we have no audio for the transcript, we can hear Page’s stammering and nervousness in his answers. Not to mention, the fact he mentions he’s being careful so many times becomes comical. In fact, if you were playing a drinking game that required a shot every time Page said he was being careful, you’d end up in the hospital. The Trump administration is going to go down, and they are going to go down because of the deranged Page.
Twitter users responded to the testimony, and you can read those responses below.