Carter Page says the FBI ruined his life
FBI surveillance of former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page cost him business, income and even his girlfriend.Page became collateral damage in the attempt to stop the Trump campaign by high ups in the DOJ and FBI. It seems pretty clear that the allegations against him contained in the Steele dossier were bogus and that the spying by Halper did not yield evidence to support the allegations against Page.
Page tells The Post that during the media barrage he faced in late 2016, he visited his girlfriend at her London flat, where she was “freaking out with the fake news about me.”
“Talking with her later in the evening after dinner, she told me that she didn’t want me staying there anymore, and that our relationship was over.
“So late that night,” Page continued, “I booked a last-minute hotel reservation as part of this early chapter of the redefinition of my life.”
Page believes the FBI’s mole, professor Stefan Halper, was secretly spying on him as part of a “politically motivated” investigation of Team Trump, using fake sympathy to gain his trust — all while fishing for dirt on Page’s ties to Russia, where he’d worked as an energy consultant.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out to be a trap,” Page said.
Halper contacted Page in early July 2016, weeks before the FBI claims it first opened an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
The timing is significant because if Halper was being used as an informant before a case had been officially opened, it raises the possibility the Trump campaign was spied on for political — not law enforcement — reasons.
Page believes that’s exactly what happened, and agrees with the president’s characterization of the scandal as “Spygate.”
Page said while he was under surveillance, Halper “portrayed himself as someone offering help” to him and the campaign, providing “insights and perspectives” on various foreign policy issues, including relations with Russia.
However, law enforcement officials say they doubt the FBI had enough of a legal basis to sic Halper on Page or Papadopoulos. They say then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch would have had to sign off on the move.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes says the FBI never had enough evidence to open a criminal or counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign in the first place.