Carter Page, an investment banker, lecturer, and foreign policy analyst, appeared on The O’Reilly Factor Thursday to decry “false accusations” lodged against him in the media. Page added that he was “encouraged,” however, because the Obama administration’s lies “are finally coming out into the open.”
Page told O’Reilly’s fill-in host Eric Bolling that he has “spoken at universities in Moscow for many, many years,” and that any contact he might have had with “Russian operatives” during his tenure as a Trump advisor was “less than incidental.” Page added that there were “no negotiations” whatsoever with any Russians he met during that time.
Who do you think went to the FISA court to get permission to surveil you?
I have learned with all the false accusations that have come out against me that I’m not going to speculate. I’m very encouraged about all this new information coming out about these unethical practices and potentially illegal practices.
Asked what in particular he thought was illegal, Page said, “False evidence.” He pointed to Director Comey’s comment during his March 20 testimony that “politicians lie all the time”:
People can lie to the media and there’s no law against that. However, when you introduce false evidence in a court of law — including the FISA court — that is illegal.
Page alluded to former Senator Harry Reid’s letter last August citing what he called the “dodgy dossier,” accusing him of meeting with sanctioned Russian officials:
[That] was completely false, based on a private investigator that people associated with the Clinton campaign.
Page said he wouldn’t jump to any conclusions as to who unmasked his name, but said he was encouraged by events:
All the lies that have been a drag on the Trump administration are finally coming out into the open.
Asked why he thinks Susan Rice got involved in the surveillance, Page said:
I wrote my Trident Scholar Project at the Naval Academy doing research on using information as a political weapon in both the executive branch and legislative branch of government.
This was information as a political weapon.