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Pete King: Carter Page 'Had No Connection' to Trump Camp

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By    |   Thursday, 27 Apr 2017 12:48 PM

Rep. Pete King said Thursday that he not only hasn't seen any evidence that there was collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and any Russian agency, but that Trump has never spoken to or had a conversation with former campaign aide Carter Page.

"Whatever he's saying, he's saying on his own," said the New York Republican, coming onto CNN's "New Day" program after Page wrapped up his own interview with anchor Chris Cuomo, "As far as I know, he had no connection at all to the Trump campaign."

During his interview, Page claimed he's been the "victim of one of the most horrendous civil rights violations in recent U.S. election history," leading King to say Page "seems to be in different directions."

"Since he was not a part of the campaign, since he has no connections to Donald Trump, unless somebody can show there is a connection between what he was doing in the Trump campaign, to me it's almost irrelevant as far as the investigation is concerned," King said. "I have not seen any link between the campaign and Russia and Carter Page. He was talking about a lot of things today I have no way of knowing whether they're true or not, and none of it ties the campaign, the Trump campaign into any Russian intelligence, Russian government or the campaign."

Trump, though, himself included Page's name in a list of foreign policy advisers working with the campaign during an interview with The Washington Post last March.

Page has admitted attending a meeting during the Republican National Convention last July with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, but denied speaking with him about anything that wasn't available publicly. He also said he was separated from the campaign shortly after the Cleveland convention, and that since the inauguration has not spoken with anyone connected with the Trump administration or campaign.

Even though King Thursday denied Page had any role in the Trump campaign, he would still, as a member of the House Intelligence Committee, be interested in interviewing him.

"Since his name has come up I would think Carter Page would have to be a witness before the committee, absolutely, to see if there is anything more there," said King."But I'm saying based on what he was saying to Chris [Cuomo] and he seemed to be going in different directions, I don't see into how any of it ties into Donald Trump ... obviously Carter Page will be questioned by the staff members, both the Democrats and the Republicans and I assume he'll come before the committee. I have no problem with that."

King said he or the committee have not spoken with Page yet, and as he's become such a prominent name, he'll likely be one of the last interviewed.

"You get all the information before that, get all the details that you can, talk to any other possible witnesses before you go to the people whose names have been prominently mentioned," said King.

The committee does plan to interview FBI Director James Comey, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, among others, but King said there probably won't be much new information released.

"Anything that is pertinent would be classified, and would have to be given in a private session," said King. "What I would be asking Gen. Clapper is that as far as he knew as director of national intelligence, there is no evidence of any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia."

He also said he does not believe there is evidence of collusion between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russians in connection with the Trump campaign.

"There was no secret that Gen. Flynn has been in Russia," he said. "There were pictures of him with Putin and the fact that he was talking to Russia, I mean, can also show links between the Clinton campaign and Russia. Almost all of us on Capitol Hill at some time another met the Russian ambassador. The question is was there any evidence of collusion. So far I haven't seen it. But I have an open mind. If something comes up, I will be the first to talk about it."

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Rep. Pete King said Thursday that he not only hasn't seen any evidence that there was collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and any Russian agency, but that Trump has never spoken to or had a conversation with former campaign aide Carter Page.
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