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Himes: Page Testimony '7 Hours of Really Eccentric Behavior'

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By    |   Tuesday, 07 November 2017 12:52 PM

The testimony from Carter Page, an adviser to President Donald Trump, was "really eccentric," according to Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

"I have got to tell you, I've been doing this for awhile, and it was one of the weirder depositions I've sat through — seven hours of really eccentric behavior," Himes said Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

When asked to describe Page, Himes responded: "Loopy."

Page is representing himself in the testimony, Himes continued, and "I think it was (Abraham) Lincoln who said, 'he who represents himself has a fool for a client.' You don't get near this stuff without a lawyer's advice."

In the adviser's testimony, Page denied having contact with senior Russian officials, then Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., noted an email in which Page told the Trump campaign he had gotten "insights" from Russians, Himes said.

Now, Page joins a list of Trump associates that have contradicted statements about their ties to Russia, Himes said.

"That's one more example after (Attorney General Jeff) Sessions, after Don (Trump) Jr., after four or five other people in the campaign of people obfuscating, of hiding contacts that they had with the Russians… You just have this repeated pattern of behavior of denying contacts with Russians when those occurred," Himes said.

"If nothing else, that does not make you look innocent," he added.

"Not all of those things will necessarily be nefarious, but they sure do raise questions about how no one in this administration seems to be able to remember any contact with Russians, even though there was lots of contact with Russians," the congressman said.

The House Intelligence Committee on Monday released a transcript of Page's testimony. 

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