Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, apparently does not remember if he discussed the possible removal of sanctions with Russian officials during his trip to Moscow last summer. Page delivered a speech at the New Economic School which was the purpose behind his visit to the capital.
In an interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos on Thursday, Page initially rejected the notion that he spoke with Russian officials regarding the possibility that Trump was open to easing sanctions.
“Absolutely not,” Page said. “I never offered that. No, nothing along those lines. Absolutely not. I mean, it may — topics — I don’t remember. We’ll see what comes out in this FISA transcript,” he added.
Stephanopoulos continued to press him on if his conversations included the topic of lifting sanctions. “I don’t recall every single word I ever said,” Page explained. “Something may have come up in a conversation. I have no recollection, and there’s nothing specifically that I would have done that would have given people that impression.”
“Someone may have brought it up,” Page continued. “And if it was, it was not something I was offering or that someone was asking for.”
The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that the FBI had obtained a FISA warrant to monitor Page’s communications because of the investigation into possible ties between the campaign and Russia. Despite Page’s repeated denials of any wrongdoing, he still remains under suspicion of the FBI. When Page was asked about the investigation he said, “I do not talk about any ongoing investigations. I will say that, in terms of probable cause, there’s been a ton of false evidence that’s been out there, primarily in the public realm.”