Yet another piece of evidence linking the Trump campaign to Russia has been unearthed. POLITICO just revealed that Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager, personally approved campaign foreign policy aide and oligarch-linked oil insider Carter Page’s summertime trip to Moscow.
Page says that trip was to give a commencement speech at the New Economic School, but the U.S. intelligence community believes that Page met with “top Russian officials” including former deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, the head of state-owned oil giant Rosneft and Sergei Ivanov, Putin’s chief of staff.
Page is currently under investigation by the FBI and has been ordered by the Senate Intelligence Committee to preserve all relevant documents related to his Russia trip.
During that speech, Page slammed the US government and spouted Kremlin talking points. “Washington and other Western powers have impeded potential progress through their often hypocritical focus on ideas such as democratization, inequality, corruption and regime change.”
“He’s an extremely well-informed, authoritative expert on Russia. People really respect him in this industry. He’s a very serious guy, and he has a good reputation” said Rosneft spokesman Mikhail Leontiev. Page also is reported to have “deep” ties to the officials in charge of Gazprom, the other state-owned oil corporation.
In Putin’s Russia, where the lines between state and corporation blur, it is highly unlikely that Page’s meetings were “just business.” Page also met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
As usual, the Trump camp couldn’t remember exactly what happened. “Is it possible that he emailed me asking if he could go to Russia as a private citizen? I don’t remember that, but I probably got 1,000 emails a day at that time, and I can’t remember every single one that I was sent. And I wouldn’t necessarily remember if I had a one-word response to him saying he could do something as a private citizen.” said Lewandowski in a statement to POLITICO. “I don’t know who Carter Page is.”
The Trump camp denies that Page ever worked for him.
“Mr. Page is not an advisor and has made no contribution to the campaign,” said campaign’s communications director Jason Miller. “I’ve never spoken to him, and wouldn’t recognize him if he were sitting next to me. He’s never been a part of our campaign. Period.”
It seems like nobody has ever met Carter Page before. But if he didn’t work for the Trump campaign, the why did Lewandowski have to approve a trip for him in the first place?
This whole affair stinks to high heaven of guilt. There’s too much deception, too much protest, too much denial for it to be as innocent as the Trump camp would like you to think it is. We need a special prosecutor and an independent bipartisan commission to get to the bottom of this.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.