Former Trump adviser Carter Page to testify before House Intel Panel

Carter Page, the ex-foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's campaign, said Wednesday that he plans to testify before the House Intelligence Committee in June.
By David Sims | May 26, 2017
Carter Page, the ex-foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's campaign, said Wednesday that he plans to testify before the House Intelligence Committee in June.

Carter, whose past contacts with Russia have made him a subject of congressional and federal inquiries, will testify as part of the House panel's investigation of Russian interference in last year's elections.

He said that details of his testimony are "still being worked out" with the committee, which is probing possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

Committee officials, however, said they could not confirm whether Page will appear before it next month.

Page said he would not be asserting a Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.

The privilege had been invoked earlier by former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

"I'm an open book," Paige told USA Today."Compared to the incomplete lies that defined me in the criminal justice system and the rest (intelligence community) last year, any actual facts and truths I can illuminate will be a giant step in the right direction."

In April, it emerged that the FBI had obtained a federal court order last summer to monitor Page's communications, as part of its investigations into possible collusion between the campaign and Moscow.

Page has criticized the surveillance effort, which was first revealed by The Washington Post.

Last month, during a meeting with The Washington Post's editorial board, President Trump referred to Page as a member of his national security advisory council.

Page said that one of the reasons he wants to appear before the House Intelligence Committee is to rebut testimony from former CIA Director John Brennan, who appeared before the panel on Tuesday.

"When I have my turn next month, I look forward to adding some accurate insights regarding what has really been happening in Russia over recent years, including 2016," Page wrote in a letter Tuesday to Rep. Michael Conaway, who is leading the panel's Russia probe.

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