Report Reveals FBI Allegedly Has Recordings Of Bannon And Carter Page Discussing Trump-Russia Dossier
According to a new analysis of the House Intelligence Committee’s GOP memo, the FBI likely has recordings of former White House aide Steve Bannon discussing the Trump-Russia dossier with ex-Trump adviser Carter Page.
On Thursday, Politico reported that Page had testified before the intelligence committee and admitted to a January 2017 interaction with Bannon.
Bannon had reportedly urged Carter to nix a scheduled interview he had with MSNBC the same week of the release of the Fusion GPS dossier.
Here's Carter Page saying Bannon texted him in Jan. 2017 to get him to nix an MSNBC interview. pic.twitter.com/U0xpgFRtZf
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) November 7, 2017
“If Page was using one of his standard phones, it was probably picked up,” Elizabeth Goiten, a former Justice Department attorney who now co-directs the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program, told Politico.
“The significance of a possible FBI recording depends on the exact content of the conversation between Bannon and Page, about which Page has been vague,” the report noted. “But it means the FBI’s surveillance of Page — which has been the subject of intense partisan anger in Washington — may have touched one of the highest-ranking figures in Trump’s incoming administration just days before the inauguration.”
According to the report, Bannon has not commented on Politico‘s report and “hasn’t been accused of any impropriety.”