Catching Adam Schiff lying is as rare as a day in the week ending in “Y” and here we are again. Schiff is once again pushing his debunked 10-page memo on how the spying on Trump began.
In his memo, Schiff stresses that Carter Page was the beginning of it all and that he was being questioned about Russian contacts before the investigation began. Just one small problem. The meeting in March of 2016 wasn’t about Russian collusion or even contacts he had with then U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office in New York. He was being asked about testimony he gave in a trial from 2013 where he helped convict a Russian spy.
Paul Sperry reported:
In an interview with RealClearInvestigations, Page insists that the [March 2016] interview in question – held at then-U.S. attorney Preet Bharara’s office in New York — had “absolutely nothing” to do with the Trump campaign or Russian collusion. Instead of being grilled about shadowy ties, he says he answered questions “related to events in 2013, in a case where I had served as a witness in support of the FBI.”
In 2013, a Russian national working as an unregistered foreign agent at a Russian bank in Manhattan sought information from Page, a longtime energy consultant, related to U.S. efforts to develop alternative energy resources, according to court papers filed by the FBI. Although Page thought the man was a legitimate banker after meeting him at an energy symposium in New York City, he was a Russian agent under federal investigation. He was later caught on surveillance dismissing Page as an “idiot.”
The FBI informed Page in 2013 that the Russians might be trying to recruit him.
A U.S. Naval Academy alumnus, Page cooperated as a witness in that case, which was coordinated with the bureau’s Counterespionage Section Chief Peter Strzok in Washington, and he helped the government convict the Russian spy. Evgeny Buryakov pleaded guilty to espionage-related charges on March 11, 2016. FBI agents, as well as federal prosecutors, huddled with Page around that time to tie up loose ends, he said. “It had absolutely nothing to do with the election interference story, which surfaced months later,” Page said.
Poor widdle Adam Schiff. Got his hand caught in the cookie jar again.