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Trump Administration Member Just Was Found To Have Bragged He Was A Russian Advisor 3 Years Ago

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Some Republicans hyped the Nunes memo as their redemption. That the F.B.I. used political bias to ask for a surveillance request on former Trump administration member Carter Page. When Trump gave the green light for the memo’s release, it appeared to be more hype than substance. However, Time magazine revealed a bombshell that could discredit the basis for the memo.

Time magazine reports Page bragged he was a “Kremlin adviser” to an academic publication on August 13, 2013.

“Over the past half year, I have had the privilege to serve as an informal advisor to the staff of the Kremlin in preparation for their presidency of the G-20 Summit next month.”

This is important because it shows Page was on the F.B.I.’s radar before the dossier written by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele. The Nunes memo alleges the F.B.I. used aspects of Steele’s dossier to investigate Page. That now appears to be bullshit.

Time magazine reported the bureau was looking into Russian spies who were trying to recruit Page. Page frequently traveled to Russia as part of his business dealings. One of those Page met with was none other than Russian diplomat Victor Podobnyy at an energy conference in New York in 2013, according to Time. Victor used his diplomatic cover to work as a Russian intelligence agent as the Huffington Post reports.

In 2015, a transcript of a phone conversation reveals Victor trying to recruit an idiot by making false promises. Page told BuzzFeed this idiot was him. Here’s some of what Victor said during the phone conversation–from his viewpoint:

“I think he (Page) is an idiot and forgot who I am. He flies to Moscow more often than I do. He got hooked on Gazprom thinking that they have a project, he could rise up. But it’s obvious he wants to earn lots of money…I also promised him a lot. I will feed him empty promises. This is intelligence method to cheat, how else to work with foreigners? You promise a favor for a favor. You get the documents from him and tell him to go fuck himself.”

The Republicans who were so quick to publish the Nunes memo are as dumb as they come. This was nothing but a short-term distractionary measure that failed on epic levels. Perhaps if they would have done their due diligence they would have discovered what Time magazine found out about Page. Instead of the F.B.I. going after Page for political reasons, they had plenty of other reasons to look into him, and once again, the Republicans, in an effort to save their asses, face plant in spectacular fashion.


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