PREDICTS “ORANGE SUITS” FOR CLAPPER, OTHERS
by Sharon Rondeau
Page told Ingraham that in his interactions with the informant, who is based in the UK, he “never felt groomed” in response to her suggestion that an “informant” would attempt to “win someone’s trust over.” “‘Russia'” was in the news and I think a lot of politics sort-of revolves around various news events, and so these various stories came up,” Page said of his interactions with the informant, which included attending a two-day symposium in July 2016.
He said that he and the informant kept in touch by email for over a year and that he received “positive” impressions of the informant from others.
Ingraham asked Page if in looking back, he now thinks that other overtures made to him during the campaign were “odd” or “improper.” Page responded that he tends to “give people the benefit of the doubt…we’ll see.” Of the informant, he said, “Maybe this individual who we’re talking about might have been a little bit nicer than I might otherwise have expected, although he was — we were talking about all the abuses that were happening with this dodgy dossier which first debuted in 2016 as a way of damaging the Trump campaign and damaging myself.” Page was referring to the now-infamous Trump-Russia dossier compiled by British former MI6 agent Christopher Steele.
“He always seemed very sympathetic,” Page said of the informant, who was identified as such by The New York Times last week.
It has been theorized that there could have been more than one informant dispatched to or embedded within the Trump campaign, with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes suggesting it on Sunday.
Ingraham’s second guest, Michael Caputo, a New York state coordinator for the Trump campaign, said that he believes “a lot of us owe Carter an apology” as a result of accusations aimed at Page of having improper dealings with Russian operatives while also serving as an informal Trump-campaign adviser. Beginning in October 2016, U.S. government officials began requesting surveillance warrants to monitor Page’s communications, a process which reportedly continued through September of last year.
“Without this dossier, Carter Page would not have been surveilled in the fall of 2016,” Ingraham said at 6:40 in the video segment.
On more than one occasion, Caputo has been a guest on “Hannity” and “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to discuss in general terms the grilling he received by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team in its probe of possible “collusion.” Caputo has not been accused of a crime.
Following an appearance on Hannity several weeks ago, donations to Caputo’s legal-defense fund skyrocketed after he revelaed that he was forced to sell his upstate New York home in order to pay his legal expenses made necessary by the Mueller “collusion” probe.
Mueller was brought in by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as Special Counsel to allegedly investigate “collusion” between Trump campaign aides and Russia and Russian “meddling” in the 2016 election. In June of last year, Rosenstein also signed the fourth and final FISA warrant application to monitor Page’s communications.
Page said that he has approached the Justice Department to “own up” to its false allegations against him.
As Ingraham showed during Caputo’s interview, last Friday, former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper said on CNN of the alleged informant, “The focus here, as it was with the intelligence community, is not on the campaign, per se, but what the Russians were doing to try to instantiate themselves in the campaign or to influence or leverage it, so if there was someone that was observing that sort of thing, that’s a good thing…”
Clapper is now a CNN contributor who has allegedly leaked classified information to the press and perhaps, specifically, to CNN.
Earlier that day, The New York Times reported that the informant was attempting to assess Russian influence on the Trump campaign but not “spy,” as Trump claimed.
Responding to Ingraham’s playing of the Clapper CNN clip, Caputo said, his voice rising through his closing statement, “This informant, this person that they tried to plant into the campaign…he’s not the only person that came at the campaign, and the FBI is not the only Obama agency that came at the campaign. I know because they came at me, and I’m looking for clearance from my attorney to reveal this to the public. This is just the beginning, and I’ll tell you, when we finally find out the truth about this, Director Clapper and the rest of ’em are going to be wearing some orange suits.”
Video courtesy of TeaPartiest.
Obama has not commented on the developments regarding the informant(s) or Caputo’s allegation. On Monday it was announced that he and wife Michelle will be producing shows for Netflix as the result of a newly-minted “multi-year deal.”