Just Whose Side is Carter Page On?
The fallout from Friday's House Intelligence Committee memo release continues. Former Trump campaign advisor, Carter Page was revealed as the person of interest the FBI used to obtain the FISA warrant that allowed the unlimited monitoring and recording of candidate and President Trump.
On Monday, it became widely known the same Carter Page was for the better part of the beginning of the year 2016, an undercover agent with the FBI in operation against Russians in the United States.
By Monday evening, he was interviewed on Fox News by Laura Ingraham in a pair of videos worth watching. Though engaging, Laura neglects to ask the most important question: "Who are you *now*? Are you Carter Page, the undercover operative trying to entrap a sitting president on specious pretenses? Or Carter Page, the well-meaning Trump supporter and campaign aide?"
The question is important because, Carter Page has actually testified before congress. His role in the Trump campaign has been minimal so many have either forgotten or never knew about it. The proceedings are full of red meat. He mocks Obama, criticizes the FBI and the government, and goes on to quote ... Robert Bork. (<--Link to PDF transcript)
At times, the testimony seems a little over the top with the right-wing rhetoric. The same persona is present in the Ingraham interview.
But if Carter Page never was a Trump supporter, and his purpose was merely to tarnish those in his orbit, the whole "impeach Trump" endeavor would rely on the public perceiving him as a genuine actor.
And if he were not an undercover agent, he would still use the same rhetoric.
In other words, no matter his true intentions, he would act and speak the same.
But the ramifications are different. An honest man, honestly testifying before congress is no big deal. A dishonest man abusing government police power in an act of sedition, would be in a bit of pickle. Especially if he knowingly gave false testimony to congress.
We will be watching Carter Page very closely.