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The Nunes memo raises far more questions than it answers

Page came to the attention of U.S. intelligence agencies after he made several contacts with individuals believed to be agents of the Russian government. In July of 2016, he traveled to the country and gave a strongly pro-Putin speech. Initially, some former Trump associates claimed to have not known of his trip but after Page testified before the House Intelligence Committee, they acknowledged he had informed them of the trip. The New York Times reported that in 2013, Russian operatives had tried to develop Page, a former energy investment fund operator, into an intelligence asset. According to the Times, they eventually abandoned their efforts, allegedly calling Page an “idiot.”

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, chair of the chamber’s Armed Services Committee, expressed anger at unspecified “partisan attacks on the FBI and DOJ” which he said improperly undermined confidence in the Russia investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller.

“The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests – no party’s, no president’s, only Putin’s,” he said in a statement. “The American people deserve to know all of the facts surrounding Russia’s ongoing efforts to subvert our democracy, which is why Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation must proceed unimpeded. Our nation’s elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the warped lens of politics and manufacturing partisan sideshows. If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin’s job for him.”

Christopher Anders, a lobbyist with the American Civil Liberties Union, said that the allegation that federal investigators withheld relevant information about the funding and motivation of Steele’s investigation were “serious charges” but he did not believe that Nunes memo included enough information to substantiate the allegations.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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