This Russia Investigation is playing out like something of a comedy of errors, in which America has to laugh just to keep from crying.
The latest revelation comes from a 2013 letter unearthed by TIME in which Carter Page, noted Trump Campaign advisor and subject of much hubbub in the Russia Investigation, refers to himself as an advisor to the Kremlin.
The letter dates back to August, 2013. Page sent it to an academic press he was fighting with over edits to an unpublished manuscript. Here’s what he said.
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“Over the past half year, I have had the privilege to serve as an informal advisor to the staff of the Kremlin in preparation for their Presidency of the G-20 Summit next month, where energy issues will be a prominent point on the agenda.”
It seems like all this arguing over what’s in the Nunes memo and if the FBI had probable cause to investigate Carter Page in the first place could have been avoided if they’d all just turned and asked Page himself. He outed himself five years ago as having serious ties to Russia.
There’s been a lot of discussion and back and forth over who exactly this guy is, how important he was to the Trump campaign, and how significant were his ties to Russia.
This letter seems to settle that last one: by his account, the answer was “very.”
This revelation may cast an even longer shadow over Devin Nunes than there already is. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle condemned the memo he penned as misleading and potentially damaging to national security. Some experts, including one Nixon adviser who went to jail himself for writing just such a memo, predict big things for Nunes. Big, bad things that is.
Hope Nunes has great legal representation. Because this revelation only further undermines that last leg he had to stand on.