In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, Carter Page said that his name will be fully cleared when all of the information about the government’s case against him is released to the public. Page, who has been the subject of what some consider to be an unethical (if not illegal) spying campaign on the part of federal law enforcement authorities, told George Stephanopoulos that he was in shock about the information revealed by Republicans in Congress.
“What I’ve seen thus far is just complete ridiculousness,” Page said on Tuesday. He said there was no reason whatsoever for the FBI to have him under surveillance. “It was just shredded – the Constitution.”
Page is the man of the hour as the FISA warrant authorizing the FBI to spy on him has been brought under sharp scrutiny by Congress in recent weeks. On Friday, the White House allowed the House Intelligence Committee to release a memo documenting the many problems with the Justice Department’s original FISA application. The DOJ, claims Rep. Devin Nunes, the author of the memo, relied much too heavily on the so-called Steele dossier, an unverified piece of political opposition research. Not only that, the memo claims that the FBI did not fully disclose the political origins of the dossier and used inappropriate secondary sources to trick the FISA court into thinking it was stronger evidence than it really was.
In the ABC interview, Page said that the memo only confirmed what he already believed, which was that the investigation into his actions was politically motivated. He told Stephanopoulos that he’d written a letter to former FBI Director James Comey in 2016 that said as much.
“These desperate and unfounded calls for my investigation as a private citizen to advance political interests based on nothing more than preposterous mainstream media reports is a true disgrace,” he wrote at the time.
Because President Trump has already declassified a certain amount of information in order to make the memo available to the public, the New York Times has asked the FBI to make the entire FISA application public so that people can determine for themselves what was and was not included.
For his part, Page is on board with that request.
“I hope they get it,” he said.