Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page said he is awaiting an apology from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) for falsely accusing him of being a Russian agent during the 2016 election, according to Breitbart News.
Earlier this month, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his report, stating at least 17 significant errors and omissions in the FISA applications the FBI had requested in order to surveil Page.
The IG report revealed the FBI used Former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele’s dossier, which was uncorroborated, to secure the warrants against Page.
In his dossier, Steele mentioned that Russian sources had informed him of a meeting between Page and Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russian state-owned corporation Rosneft, in which Sechin offered brokerage fees to Page on a deal involving a 19% share of Rosneft. Steele also said the Trump campaign was offered damaging information on Clinton in exchange for Russia-friendly policies and Page was chosen as the liaison between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives.
Schiff, during a high-profile House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference on March 20, 2017, cited the Steele’s dossier and falsely accused Page of working with the Kremlin. Schiff also released a memo about the FBI’s efforts to get a warrant on Page—which was riddled with false statements.
However, in a recent interview with PBS, Schiff did not express any remorse for Page, saying “it’s hard to be sympathetic to” him.
.@RepAdamSchiff is unsympathetic to Carter Page, telling @FiringLineShow that Page “denied things that we knew were true” in testimony, admitted to being an advisor to the Kremlin & “was apparently both targeted by the KGB, but also talking to the United States and its agencies.” pic.twitter.com/GkjdGQZWLV
— Firing Line with Margaret Hoover (@FiringLineShow) December 20, 2019
A law professor at George Washington University Law School, Jonathan Turley, who testified as a Republican witness in the House Judiciary Committee hearing in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump, penned an op-ed for The Hill, saying that “someone needs to apologize to Page.”
“At what point does someone apologize to Page? He is, in fact, the victim of this criminal referral. He is the victim of what Horowitz describes as a “misleading” basis presented to the FISA court. He is a victim of media “groupthink” that portrayed him as the sinister link proving collusion with Russia, an allegation rejected by the FBI, by the inspector general, and by the special counsel,” wrote Turley.
In response to Turley, Page said: “Main apology I’m awaiting is from @RepAdamSchiff for the terror threats he helped inspire with his false statements on TV on March 20, [email protected] should accept @DevinNunes’ request and call the great @JusticeOIG to testify.”
Main apology I’m awaiting is from @RepAdamSchiff for the terror threats he helped inspire with his false statements on TV on March 20, 2017.@HouseIntel should accept @DevinNunes‘ request and call the great @JusticeOIG to testify.https://t.co/nFoKQwEtlq
— Carter Page, Ph.D. (@carterwpage) December 15, 2019