FBI intelligence indicates that Russia attempted to use Donald Trump’s campaign advisers to infiltrate Trump’s 2016 campaign.
According to CNN, advisers to the Trump campaign, including former foreign policy adviser Carter Page, were used in a strategy by the Russians to infiltrate Trump’s political team.
Carter Page, who is reported to have been in collusion with the Russians, has been under surveillance by the FBI because of his link to suspected Russian provocateurs. U.S. officials have no idea, however, if Page knew he was communicating with Russian officials at the time because of the nature in which Russian spies operate.
Last month, BuzzFeed News reported that Page — an oil industry consultant — had unknowingly met with and gave documents to Russian spies in 2013, who were seeking information on both U.S. sanctions against Russia imposed by the Obama administration, along with renewable energy infrastructure. Believing that the Russian agent he met was a Russian diplomat, Page handed over energy industry-related documents.
FBI officials told CNN that Page’s communication with the Russians was being analyzed as part of an ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. The information that has been gathered has not been released as of yet.
Page has rejected claims that he cooperated with Russian intelligence, maintaining that he suspected any information received could likely be seen by the Russian government.
“My assumption throughout the last 26 years I’ve been going there has always been that any Russian person might share information with the Russian government … as I have similarly done with the CIA, the FBI and other government agencies in the past,” he said, according to CNN.
Steven E. Johnson is a Mississippi-based author who covers racial justice and political issues for the Resistance Report. You can contact him at stevejlive at gmail dot com.