Carter Page says he's never met Trump

The Pennsylvania Avenue entrance of the J. Edgar Hoover Federal Bureau of Investigation Building is seen in Washington on Nov. 30 2017

Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America," the main subject behind the FISA memo alleging abuses at the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation, former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, said he has never spoken with President Donald Trump.

Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page bragged that he was an adviser to the Kremlin in a letter obtained by TIME that raises new questions about the extent of Page's contacts with the Russian government over the years.

Carter Page appears on "Good Morning America", Feb. 6.

The surveillance of Page, and the evidence the feds used to obtain a warrant for it, is at the heart of a Republican-authored memo that President Trump has latched onto as proof of the FBI's bias against him.

"Totally uninterested" is rather hyperbolic, considering the extensive coverage the document has received, but many journalists do indeed wonder whether the memo is much more than an incomplete, politically motivated account.

Page said Friday the memo revealed "misdeeds against the Trump Movement". When asked what he thinks those documents would show, Page said, "I have no idea".

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The letter, dated August 25, 2013, was sent by Page to an academic press during a dispute over edits to an unpublished manuscript he had submitted for publication, according to an editor who worked with Page. And he actually said he was a very low-level member of I think a committee for a short period of time.

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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.

Mr. Carter Page is a former banker in the investment company based in Moscow, who founded his own investment firm later in NY. There he delivered a speech critical of US policy toward Russia and met with Russian deputy prime minister Arkadiy Dvorkovich.

"I just came to see him as a kook", the editor says. The FBI was tracking Kremlin spies trying to recruit Page, then an energy investor traveling frequently to Russian Federation for business. Page says he had subsequent similar meetings, describing them to TIME as "really plain-vanilla stuff". 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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