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Trump blasts Democrats for stalling Carter Page testimony, who the White House said he didn't know

Trump is backing ex-adviser Carter Page, even though Sean Spicer said the president does not know him


Taylor Link
May 31, 2017 1:57PM (UTC)

President Donald Trump wrote early Wednesday morning in a tweet that Carter Page — a foreign policy consultant and, also, a man whom the president does not know — has evidence that "blows away" the Russia-related case against him.

Citing a letter Page wrote to the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, Trump announced to the country that Page could prove that former FBI Director James Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan had lied under oath.

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Trump also tweeted that Democrats in Congress were actively trying to stall Page's testimony. His claim appears to be based on a "Fox and Friends" segment. Minutes before Trump's tweet, "Fox and Friends" reported on the letter in which Page seemed to suggest, without basis, that members of the intelligence committee were preventing his testimony.

"I have learned from your Committee staff on this Memorial Day holiday that I might not be immediately afforded the opportunity to address the false or misleading testimony by James Comey, John Brennan, et al, as per our previously scheduled appointment for next week," Page wrote in the letter, obtained by Business Insider. "In the interest of finally providing the American people with some accurate information at long last, I hope that we can proceed with this straight dialogue soon."

The president appears mighty confident that Page is being truthful when he says that he has "accurate information" that could exonerate him. This despite the fact that White House press secretary Sean Spicer claimed in January that Page "is an individual who the president-elect does not know and was put on notice months ago by the campaign."


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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