Testimony of Lisa Page: The collusion between Trump and Russia has not been confirmed at the moment of the appointment of Mueller

Former FBI attorney Lisa Page addresses a closed-door meeting of the House's judicial and oversight committees in July

Former FBI prosecutor Lisa Page, in an explosive revelation, says the agency could not prove collusion between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign before Special Advisor Robert Mueller was appointed.

Page said in a joint session behind closed doors of the committees of the Judicial and Supervisory Chamber in mid-July that investigators could not accuse, according to a transcript of his deposition reviewed by Fox News.

"I think this represents that even in May of 2017, we still could not answer the question," Page said.

Former FBI attorney Lisa Page addresses a closed-door meeting of the House's judicial and oversight committees in July

Former FBI attorney Lisa Page addresses a closed-door meeting of the House's judicial and oversight committees in July

Page states that the FBI could not demonstrate the collusion between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign before Special Advisor Robert Mueller was appointed.

Page states that the FBI could not demonstrate the collusion between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign before Special Advisor Robert Mueller was appointed.

Page states that the FBI could not demonstrate the collusion between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign before Special Advisor Robert Mueller was appointed.

In May 2017, Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as a special advisor who oversees an ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

It is likely that Trump and his Republican allies will use this revelation to further their argument that the president is the victim of a witch hunt and that the investigation has been tainted by politics.

But his testimony refers to a point in the investigation more than a year ago and it is not clear where the probe is now.

Mueller has been strict with his eyes on the manipulation of elections in Russia and has not given interviews.

But, since his appointment, his team has secured the cooperation and agreements of Trump, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign president Paul Manafort, Manafort deputy Richard Gates and former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.

The president has repeatedly argued that there is no collusion and that he is the victim of a witch hunt.

He made the same case in a tweet on Sunday morning.

& # 39; Mueller's illegal witch hunt continues in search of a crime. There was never collusion with Russia, except for the Clinton campaign, so the 17 angry Democrats are looking for anything they can find. Very unfair and BAD for the country. ALSO, not allowed under LAW! ", Wrote Trump.

In his accusation that Russia colluded with Clinton, Trump probably referred to the unverified record, written by former British spy Christopher Steele, who alleged that Russia had blackmail information about Trump, which he denied. The dossier was paid for by a law firm that was working on the Clinton campaign and on the Democratic National Committee.

As for his 17 Dem angry charge, of the 17 members of Mueller's team, 13 are registered Democrats, according to reports. Mueller is a Republican who was appointed by the Republican Deputy Attorney General.

Trump and his legal team have argued that collusion is not a crime, although legal experts do not agree with the term collusion and what it refers to.

The Politifact website called & # 39; collusion & # 39; an imprecise term & # 39; And he said that the focus is on what the Trump campaign did and if that was illegal, regardless of whether the relevant statute contains the word & # 39; collusion & # 39;

Page made the revelation in response to a question from Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe, who wanted more information about a May 2017 text where Page and his then-FBI agent Peter Strzok discussed the merits of joining Mueller's team.

The committees of the Judicial and Supervisory Chamber that investigate the handling of the Department of Justice of the Russian investigation and the email evidence of Hillary Clinton.

"I can not provide the details of a confidential interview," Ratcliffe told Fox News when asked about the exchange. "But I can say that Lisa Page left me the impression, based on her own words, that the principal investigator of the Russian collusion case, Peter Strzok, had not found evidence of collusion after almost a year."

The day after Mueller's appointment for the Russian investigation on May 17, Strzok and Page discussed whether Strzok should join his team.

His text of May 18, 2017 was highlighted by Inspector General Michael Horowitz in his report on the handling of the Clinton e-mail probe by the FBI and the Department of Justice, in which he found no political motivation.

& # 39; Who gives a f * ck, a plus A (ssistant) D (irector) … (front) (a) n investigation that leads to the accusation? & # 39; Strzok sent a text message on May 18, according to the Inspector General's report.

Strzok later writes: "You and I both know that the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, I would be there without hesitation. I doubt, in part, from my instinct and concern that there is nothing there. "

The transcript shows that Ratcliffe read the text exchange almost textually to Page, and asked him to explain it, specifically if Strzok believed that "the odds were nothing and that he was concerned that there was nothing important about any collusion there."

The president has repeatedly argued that there is no collusion and that he is the victim of a witch hunt.

The president has repeatedly argued that there is no collusion and that he is the victim of a witch hunt.

The president has repeatedly argued that there is no collusion and that he is the victim of a witch hunt.

President Trump has denied collusion on multiple occasions

President Trump has denied collusion on multiple occasions

President Trump has denied collusion on multiple occasions

Lisa Page spent two days behind closed doors in July with lawmakers investigating the Department of Justice's handling of research on Russia and Hillary Clinton's email inquiry.

Lisa Page spent two days behind closed doors in July with lawmakers investigating the Department of Justice's handling of research on Russia and Hillary Clinton's email inquiry.

Lisa Page spent two days behind closed doors in July with lawmakers investigating the Department of Justice's handling of research on Russia and Hillary Clinton's email inquiry.

Page said: No, I do not think so. I think it's a reflection of us still not knowing … It still existed in the realm of possibility that there literally would be nothing, probably nothing at all, since we probably knew more than that at that time. But in the scheme of possible outcomes, the most serious obviously being crimes serious enough to justify the impeachment; but on the other scale that, you know, maybe an involuntary person was, in fact, involved in the disclosure of information, but in the end it did not touch any older person, you know, the people in the administration or the campaign . And then the text simply reflects that spectrum. "

She noticed: "I'm not supposed to talk about the sufficiency of the evidence, that's why I'm weighing my words carefully."

The page continued, according to Fox News: "The investigations are fluid, right?" And so, at various times, the prospects are promising and the leads fade away, and then I can not, I can not respond more to their feeling regarding this The particular text, but certainly at this point the case had been ongoing, we do not have an answer, that's obvious, and I think we all went from one place to another, like what … what the answer would really be. "

Trump dismissed then-FBI director James Comey in May 2017, which led to Mueller's appointment as special advisor.

THE PROBE OF ROBERT MUELLER UNTIL NOW: EIGHT CONVICTIONS, INCLUDING THREE TRUMPY HELPERS, A JAILED ATTORNEY AND 25 RUSSIAN DEFENDANTS

GUILTY: MICHAEL FLYNN

He pleaded guilty to making false statements in December 2017. Pending sentencing

Flynn was former President Trump's national security adviser and Robert Mueller's senior leader to date. He previously served as a three-star general as director of President Obama's Defense Intelligence Agency, but was fired.

He admitted to lying to special investigators about his conversations with a Russian ambassador in December 2016. He has agreed to cooperate with the special lawyer's investigation.

GUILTY: MICHAEL COHEN

He pleaded guilty to eight charges, including fraud and two violations of campaign funding in August 2018. Pending sentencing

Cohen was Trump's personal lawyer for a long time, and began working for him and the Trump Organization in 2007. He is the oldest member of Trump's inner circle to be implicated by Mueller. Cohen professed an unwavering devotion for Trump and arranged for payments to silence two women who claimed to have sex with the then-candidate: porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal. He admitted that the payments to both women were serious violations of campaign financing and admitted that he acted in the "address" of "Candidate-1": Donald Trump.

He also admitted to tax fraud by lying about his income from loans he made, money from the taxi medallions he owned and other sources of income, at a cost to the Treasury of $ 1.3 million.

Role of the campaign: Paul Manafort presided over Trump's campaign for four months, which included the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in 2016, where he appeared on stage with Trump, who was preparing to formally accept the Republican nomination.

Role of the campaign: Paul Manafort presided over Trump's campaign for four months, which included the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in 2016, where he appeared on stage with Trump, who was preparing to formally accept the Republican nomination.

GUILTY: PAUL MANAFORT

He was found guilty of eight counts of bank and tax fraud in August 2018. He was found guilty of two counts awaiting sentencing and a second trial.

Manafort worked for the Trump campaign since March 2016 and presided over it from June to August 2016, overseeing that Trump was adopted as a Republican candidate at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. He is the most veteran campaign officer to be involved by Mueller. Manafort was one of the most influential pressure groups in Washington DC but in 2015, his money dried up and the following year he went to Trump for help, offering himself as his campaign president for free, hoping to earn more money . after. But Mueller uncoiled his previous finances and discovered years of fiscal and banking fraud while coining cash from pro-Russian parties and oligarchs in Ukraine.

Manafort pleaded not guilty to 18 charges of tax and banking fraud, but was convicted of eight counts. The jury was stuck in the other 10 charges. A second test under the accusation of not registering as a foreign agent expires in September.

GUILTY: RICK GATES

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the United States and to make false statements in February 2018. Pending sentencing

Gates was the former deputy of Manafort in the political consultancy DMP International. He admitted conspiring to defraud the US government. UU In financial activities, and lying to investigators about a meeting that Manafort had with a member of Congress in 2013. As a result of his guilty plea and promise of cooperation, prosecutors overturned the charges against Gates in the bank fraud, conspiracy of fraud banking, failure to disclose bank accounts abroad, filing false tax returns, helping to prepare false tax returns and false modification of tax returns.

GUILTY: GEORGE PAPADOPOLOUS

He pleaded guilty to making false statements in October 2017. Pending sentencing

Papadopoulos was a member of the Donald Trump campaign foreign policy advisory committee. He admitted to lying to special investigators about his contacts with the London professor Josef Mifsud and Ivan Timofeev, director of a group of experts funded by the Russian government.

He has agreed to cooperate with the investigation of the special lawyer.

GUILTY: RICHARD PINEDO

Declared guilty of identity fraud in February 2018. Pending sentencing

Pinedo is a 28-year old computer specialist from Santa Paula, California. He admitted selling bank account numbers to Russian citizens through the Internet that he had obtained using stolen identities.

He has agreed to cooperate with the investigation of the special lawyer.

GUILTY AND JAILED: ALEX VAN DER ZWAAN

He pleaded guilty to making false statements in February 2018. Earlier this year he served a 30-day prison sentence and was deported to the Netherlands when he was released.

Van der Zwaan is a Dutch lawyer from Skadden Arps who worked on a Ukrainian political analysis report for Paul Manafort in 2012.

He admitted to lying to special investigators about the last time he spoke with Rick Gates and Konstantin Kilimnik.

GUILTY: W. SAMUEL PATTEN

He pleaded guilty in August 2018 not to register as a lobbyist while working for a Ukrainian political party. Waiting for sentence.

Patten, a long-time lobbyist D.C. was a business partner of Paul Manafort. He pleaded guilty to admitting organizing an illegal donation of $ 50,000 for Trump's inauguration.

He made arrangements for a & # 39; straw donor & # 39; American will pay $ 50,000 to the inaugural committee, knowing that it was really for a Ukrainian businessman.

Neither the American nor the Ukrainian have been named.

LOADED: KONSTANTIN KILIMNIK

Accused of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Kilimnik is a former employee of the Manafort political consultancy and helped him with the lobbying work in Ukraine. He is accused of manipulating witnesses, after he allegedly contacted people who had worked with Manafort to remind them that Manafort was only doing lobbying work for them outside the US. UU

He has been linked to Russian intelligence and is currently believed to be in Russia, which is beyond the reach of extradition by the Mueller team.

INDICATED: THE RUSSIAN

Twenty-five Russian citizens and three Russian entities have been accused of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Two of these Russian citizens were also charged with conspiracy to commit electronic fraud and 11 were charged with conspiracy to launder money. Fifteen of them were also accused of identity fraud.

Vladimir Putin has ridiculed the charges. Russia effectively prohibits the extradition of its nationals. The only possibility that Mueller has to present to a US jury is if Interpol has their names on an international detention list, which is not made public, and they set foot in a territory that extradites the US. UU

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