Russia tried to use Trump advisers to influence election

Tomas Mccoy
April 23, 2017

The latest details add more wrinkles to the fabric of a widespread investigation by the U.S. to determine if, and how much, the Trump universe collaborated with the Kremlin to boost Trump's chances of winning the election.

Here's a photo of former Trump advisor Carter Page giving a December 2016 speech about the global economy and fake news in Moscow. "That to me is, there's certainly a lot of unwitting actions that were done past year, so let's see how things come out as we get more evidence".

CNN sources clarified that at this stage, it is unknown whether Page himself was even aware of the possibility that he spoke to Russian agents during the campaign. Mr. Page had been the target four years earlier of a sad little recruitment effort by Russian spies in NY, who eventually were prosecuted and whose monitored communications referred to Mr. Page as an "idiot".

In a statement to CNN about the FBI's reported use of the dossier, Page said: "I look forward to the Privacy Act of 1974 lawsuit that I plan to file in response to the civil rights violations by Obama administration appointees previous year". Smerconish once again tries to impugn Page's patriotism, but he does make the reasonable point that saying you would be concerned if Russian Federation had a hand in electing Donald Trump is kind of a "lay up".

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied interfering in the USA election, while Mr Trump has also rejected a report by his own intelligence agencies on the campaign.

But the intelligence suggests Russian Federation tried to infiltrate the inner-workings of the Trump campaign by using backdoor channels to communicate with people in the Trump orbit, U.S. officials say. They also feared that Russian operatives maintained contact with him both in the United States and Russia, US officials say. Page denies he knew he was interacting with a Russian spy.

"If there was any meddling in the election, all of the false narratives that has been out there is the ultimate meddling", he told Smerconish. "I had won the primaries, and I'm now in this rather heated election that a few of you have read about".

"I look forward to the Privacy Act of 1975 lawsuit that I plan to file in response to the civil rights violations by Obama administration appointees previous year".

"I care about the negative hands that were all over this thing", Page replied.

"But this new information adds to the emerging picture of how the Russians tried to meddle and influence the 2016 USA election", she continued, "not only through email hacks and propaganda, sometimes referred to as 'fake news, ' but also by trying to infiltrate the Trump orbit".

Page said Saturday that the only "unwitting element" he's concerned about is the "unwitting media and the unwitting members of Congress" who accepted a "dodgy dossier" of information from Russian Federation concerning Trump. According to a new report from CNN, Russian spies tried to work their way into the Trump campaign through its advisers.

Page said he was confident that he had never discussed with Russians any information about hacked emails that may have proven decisive in November's presidential election.

"Nothing I ever talked about with any Russian official extends beyond that publicly available immaterial information". "But to obtain permission to target Page, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department would have to present probable cause that he was acting as an agent of a foreign power". His information about Carter Page wasn't the only justification for the FISA warrant, but it certainly contributed.

Mr Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, attacked the use of anonymous sources while dismissing the allegations, originating from current and former American officials citing RISS documents. Sam Clovis, co-chairman of the campaign, helped gather the names that the candidate used.

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