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(THREAD) Trump's allies in Congress desperately want reporters to start asking questions about Carter Page's time on the Trump campaign. As it happens, so do I. Please RETWEET this thread—which asks some of the major outstanding questions about Page and Trump and demands answers.
1/ Both during and before the transition, Trump aides and family members used the back entrance to Trump Tower to hide visitors from the press. Page's office is adjacent to Trump Tower, and has private atrium access to Trump's building. Did Page ever use it? Was he ever asked to?
2/ Page volunteered for Trump's national security team in December 2015, within *days* of Trump's sole NatSec adviser at the time—Mike Flynn—dining with Putin in Moscow. Given Page's ties to the Kremlin—he was an "adviser" to the Kremlin, he says—how are these two events related?
3/ Sam Clovis, co-chair of Trump's campaign, hired Page in January 2016—making him the first official member of Trump's NatSec team—after doing only a Google search to vet him. Why didn't this Google search reveal that Page had been accused of being a spy in a high-profile case?
4/ Trump allies say Clovis put together a NatSec team for Trump filled with foreign agents and unqualified yahoos ready to be compromised by Russians because he had no NatSec experience. Yet Page would've been unqualified even in the eyes of a moron. Who told Clovis to hire him?
5/ Though he was the first-ever official member of Trump's NatSec team, Page skipped the *only formal meeting* of that team to go to an event in Hawaii. So who was Page really working for or reporting to—Flynn? Why did he see himself as being outside or above Trump's NatSec team?
6/ Someone high up told Page he was key to the NatSec team but *also* had to keep a low profile. (A Page email: "My strategy in order to keep in sync with the media relations guidelines of the campaign has been to make my key messages as low-key and apolitical as possible.") Why?
7/ Page told almost everyone on the NatSec team *and* the top brass of the campaign—including Trump, via Hope Hicks—that he was going to Moscow. He *immediately* sent a report to the campaign upon his return. Now he and campaign aides say it was an unaffiliated trip. Why the lie?
8/ Jason Miller—one of Trump's top communications aides—infamously lied to the press by saying, "Mr. Page is not an advisor and has made no contribution to the campaign. He’s never been part of our campaign. Period." Why was it so important to have a top Trump aide lie to voters?
9/ As soon as he returned from Moscow, Page was emailing congratulations to the NatSec team for changing the GOP platform—per Trump's March 2016 directive—to benefit Putin. How closely involved was he in this change, which Russian intelligence agent Kilimnik now takes credit for?
10/ Trump wants everyone to think Page was fired in late summer 2016, after meeting Kremlin officials and Rosneft executives in Moscow and lying about it. So why—in Moscow in December 2016, when asked point-blank if he was still working for the campaign—did Page refuse to answer?
BONUS/ Page refused to name for Congress the Russian he met in Budapest in mid-2016 (Budapest is the EU HQ for Russia's FSB). Why did he refuse? Who told him to go there? Did he meet the *other* Trump NatSec advisers who went to Hungary in mid-2016—Schmitz and Prince—while there?
BONUS2/ After Russian SVR agents had asked Page to give them documents on the US energy industry—which he did—and the FBI told Page that he was dealing with Russian agents who were trying to recruit him, why did he still, thereafter, *brag about being an adviser to the Kremlin*?
PS/ This is just a *glimpse* of the unanswered questions about Carter Page that we still have. These questions are ones Team Trump doesn't want the media or voters to be asking. Yet now they're *insisting* we talk about Page. OK, let's do it. *Answer these questions*, Team Trump.
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