The FBI's Russia probe has extended to former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, who has been questioned for 10 hours over five meetings, The Washington Post reported.
Page in the meetings repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and said allegations he acted as a liaison between Russia and the Trump campaign were not true. He said in a statement the "extensive discussions" happened before James Comey's dismissal as FBI director in May. Page is an energy consultant who acted as Trump's foreign policy adviser during the campaign.
The FBI last summer obtained a secret court order to monitor his communications, action taken around the time Page traveled to Moscow to deliver a speech. His conversations with the FBI included claims made in a secret dossier compiled by a former British intelligence officer Page was part of a "well-developed conspiracy of cooperation between [Trump associates] and the Russian leadership."
"During my extensive discussions with the FBI agents just weeks before Comey's departure, they acknowledged that I'm a loyal American veteran but indicated that their 'management' was concerned that I did not believe the conclusions of the fake January 6 intelligence report," Page said in a statement published by Politico.
"I told them that I learned the lessons from the intelligence failures of the original Dodgy Dossier from 2003 which cost this country thousands of service members lives and over a trillion dollars," he continued. "Our frank and open conversations gave me confidence that there are still logical, honest individuals at the Bureau who respect civil rights and the Constitution, despite the recent devastating impact on our democracy by self-centered politicians at the top of the Clinton-Obama-Comey regime."
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