Former Trump aide Carter Page is not surprised by much from Democrats these days but vowed he will “absolutely” be suing many of them for what they have put him through.
Page is among a vast list of over 80 entities and individuals who have been requested to turn over documents by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler in his newly launched investigation into President Trump and his associates.
Page, who was Trump’s former foreign-policy adviser during his 2016 presidential election campaign, was at the center of a controversial FBI investigation of potential ties to Russia. He has repeatedly denied being a Russian agent despite Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) applications to surveil him.
Fox News host Martha MacCallum asked Page about the Nadler investigation and whether he planned to comply with the demand for documentation during “The Story With Martha MacCallum” on Monday.
“What so funny is I have been complying for the last two-plus years. A lot of these same questions are the things that were already wiretapped and hacked off of my private emails going back to earlier in 2016,” Page replied.
“You feel like between the FISA warrant that was cleared four times to listen to your phone calls, and the Mueller investigation, how many times did you talk to the Mueller folks?” MacCallum asked.
Page indicated he spoke to special counsel Robert Mueller’s team in November 2017 and has not been asked for anything further.
“I gave them everything. Again, they had already been through all of my personal records…” he said.
“They got nothing from you. Can you affirm that?” MacCallum asked.
“There is nothing to get. I was being so careful with everything I have done,” Page responded.
MacCallum played a video clip of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe saying everything had been turned over, noting that McCabe had testified at one point that the FISA warrant could not have been obtained without the controversial and unverified Steele dossier.
“I think everyone was satisfied we had represented that accurately and adequately in the package. The court was obviously satisfied. They have signed it three or four times,” McCabe said in an interview.
Page noted he was “laughing at that,” recounting how The New York Times journalist Adama Goldman, who conducted the McCabe interview, used to grill me constantly throughout 2017.”
“Now he is close friends and has this softball interview with him. I mean, it’s just absolutely outrageous some of these comments,” Page said.
In a separate interview, MacCallum spoke with former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Joe diGenova, who noted that Page should refuse to respond to the document request as the investigation is nothing more than a “perjury trap” and a “fishing expedition” designed to make Trump look bad.
“What the committee is going to try to do with Carter Page is make him look like he was a Russian spy when he wasn’t so they can dirty him up and refer him to the Justice Department for perjury,” diGenova said.
MacCallum told Page that the former prosecutor had suggested he should “sue everybody from Mccabe to [former FBI chief James] Comey to [former Director of National Intelligence James] Clapper to some in the media as well.”
“Will you, will do that?” she asked Page.
“I’m planning on it. Yes, absolutely,” he replied.
“The Democrats have been, thus far, completely stonewalling the initial litigation that I have been involved with,’ he explained. We’ll have to see. So far we have a couple of motions or, I pro se have a motion, outstanding. We will see how that plays out.”
A defamation lawsuit brought by Page himself against the Democratic National Committee was dismissed by a federal judge in Oklahoma in January saying the court lacked jurisdiction over the case. The lawsuit alleged that the DNC paid for the dossier as part of opposition research which made “extremely malicious and destructive falsehoods” about him and the actions amounted to an “act of terrorism.”
“I’m confident that as the information continues to come out there it, it will be clear that there was a lot of wrongdoing on their side,” he added.
Asked by MacCallum if he was surprised to find himself on Nadler’s extensive list, Page responded, “Nothing will surprise me after everything we have been through.”
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