Carter Page, an early foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign team, wrote a letter to the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday indicating that he will testify about the committee’s ongoing investigation into Russia’s election interference in an open session next month.
Page, who worked in Moscow for seven years in the early 2000s as a junior investment banker for Merrill Lynch, wrote the letter in response to former CIA Director John Brennan’s testimony before the House Intelligence committee on Tuesday. He provided a copy to Business Insider.
Brennan told lawmakers that he grew increasingly concerned last year by conversations that were intercepted by the US intelligence community between members of Trump’s campaign team and Russian officials.
“The vast majority of the open session testimony by Mr. Brennan and other Clinton/Obama regime appointees who have recently appeared before your committee loyally presented one biased viewpoint and base of experience,” Page wrote. “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 in 2016.”
Reached for comment, Page said he and the committee are “still working out the details” of his testimony. Rep. Mike Conaway, who is now leading the committee’s probe into Russia’s election meddling, did not respond to request for comment. A spokesman for Rep. Adam Schiff, the committee’s ranking Democrat, declined to comment.
Page also indicated that he prepared “extensive evidence” for the committee last weekend “per your recent request.”
It is unclear what kind of documents the House requested that Page hand over. But its Senate counterpart sent a letter to Page late last month asking him to provide extensive information about any contact he had with Russian officials or representatives of Russian business interests between June 2015-January 2017.
Page volunteered to be interviewed by the Senate Intelligence committee in March. But he said earlier this month that the committee’s requests were “groundless,” “outrageous,” and “would cover redundant, highly irrelevant information collected in further violation of my civil rights given the unjustified FISA warrants which already targeted me last year.”
The FBI obtained a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act last summer to monitor Page’s communications, The Washington Post reported in April. The FBI reportedly is investigating Page’s trips to Moscow and contact with at least one Russian official last year.
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