Carter Page told George Stephanopoulos he never met Donald Trump

Sergei Karpukhin  Reuters                   Carter Page in Moscow in December 2016

"On the one hand, at one point you say you were an adviser to the Kremlin, then you're an adviser to Donald Trump". To the best of my knowledge, the president of the United States has never met Carter Page.

The memo released Friday that was written at the direction of the House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said the government began eavesdropping on Page in October 2016 and extended the surveillance three times.

Given the low legal bar for wiretapping suspected foreign agents, it seems likely the Federal Bureau of Investigation could've obtained permission to wiretap Page even without the evidence that the memo portrays as questionable and tainted by partisan bias.

"There was a lot of people advising", Page replied.

"I$3 became a liability pretty quick", he said. He told ABC News he was reminded of a letter he sent to then-FBI Director James Comey in September 2016, after news reports began raising questions about his travels to Russian Federation. So that does lead people to believe: "'is this guy working with Russia?'" On Monday, the House intelligence Committee voted to allow the release the Democrats assessment of that evidence. "He struck me just as someone who had developed some odd academic views ... and wanted to have them published", the editor says.

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The New York Times, meanwhile has requested that the government turn over underlying documents that could show exactly what the warrant was based on. The recruiter says he "promised Male-1 a lot" and told him he would use his "connections in Russia" to "push contracts" his way.

Gidley added that, "While President Trump has the utmost respect and support for the rank-and-file members of the F.B.I., the anti-Trump bias at the top levels that appear to have existed is troubling". Page says he had subsequent similar meetings, describing them to TIME as "really plain-vanilla stuff".

At issue is whether the federal probe into the Trump campaign's Russian Federation ties is infected with political bias, as Republicans say - or whether the GOP is using deceitful tactics to quash the probe, as Democrats insist. Page said that was "spin", because, in reality he was teaching a course at NYU and the documents he had turned over were materials that he gave to his students.

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