Carter Page

Kyiv Post - - Opinion - — Euan MacDon­ald

In a March 21, 2016 in­ter­view with the Wash­ing­ton Post, then pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald J. Trump listed five peo­ple as be­ing his among for­eign pol­icy ad­vis­rrs. One of the names he gave was that of Carter Page, a lit­tle-known U.S. oil in­dus­try con­sul­tant.

Yet six months later, by late Septem­ber 2016, mem­bers of the Trump cam­paign were deny­ing that Page played any sig­nif­i­cant role in the Trump cam­paign, and claim­ing that Page had “never met Trump, never briefed him,” and that he had “zero in­flu­ence.”

The de­nials came after Page re­signed from the cam­paign due to his name ap­pear­ing in me­dia re­ports link­ing the Trump cam­paign to the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment. Ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Ya­hoo News pub­lished on Sept. 23, 2106, U.S. in­tel­li­gence had ear­lier started in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether Page had set up pri­vate com­mu­ni­ca­tions with Rus­sian of­fi­cials.

Page had ap­peared on U.S. in­tel­li­gence radar when he vis­ited Moscow in early July 2016, os­ten­si­bly to give a lec­ture at a think tank, but also, it ap­pears from tes­ti­mony Page gave to the U. S. House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee on Nov. 2, 2017, to meet with Rus­sian gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

And, ac­cord­ing to a tran­script of his tes­ti­mony, Page ad­mit­ted to send­ing an e-mail to sev­eral other Trump cam­paign staffers on July 14, 2016, in which he wrote: “As for the Ukraine amend­ment, ex­cel­lent work.”

That was two days be­fore the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion on July 18, 2016 of­fi­cially al­tered its pol­icy stance on Ukraine, soft­en­ing word­ing that in­cluded “arm­ing Ukraine” to pro­vid­ing “ap­pro­pri­ate as­sis­tance.” It would be easy to in­fer from this con­gru­ence of facts that Page, dur­ing his visit to Moscow, where ac­cord­ing to his own tes­ti­mony to the U. S. House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee he met with Rus­sian Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Arkady Dvorkovich, had helped ar­range a deal that re­sulted in the soft­en­ing of the Repub­li­can Party’s poli­cies on Ukraine.

There is plenty of other ev­i­dence to earn Page the ti­tle of Ukraine’s Foe of the Week, and pin him with an Or­der of Lenin. He has spo­ken in sup­port of the mur­der­ous Rus­sian dic­ta­tor Vladimir Putin, Ukraine’s chief foe. He has crit­i­cized U.S. poli­cies and praised those of the Krem­lin. He is reg­u­larly quoted by Krem­lin pro­pa­ganda me­dia. Judg­ing by some of his tes­ti­mony to the House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee, the term “use­ful id­iot” ap­plies

But we may have to wait for fresh crim­i­nal in­dict­ments from U. S. Spe­cial Coun­sel Robert Mueller to know for sure whether Carter Page is as bad a foe of Ukraine as he ap­pears to be at the mo­ment.

Or­der of Lenin

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