Carter Page, 45, grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes High School, then served in the Navy for five years, where he did a tour as a Marine intelligence officer in the Western Sahara.
On his return, he worked as an investment banker, then an oil industry consultant, eventually partnering with Gazprom, a massive Russian conglomerate.
He then joined the Trump campaign as a foreign policy adviser, according to reports. What happened next is shocking.
"The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign, law enforcement and other U.S. officials said," The Washington Post reports.
"The FBI and the Justice Department obtained the warrant targeting Carter Page’s communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court [FISA] judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia, according to the officials. This is the clearest evidence so far that the FBI had reason to believe during the 2016 presidential campaign that a Trump campaign adviser was in touch with Russian agents. Such contacts are now at the center of an investigation into whether the campaign coordinated with the Russian government to swing the election in Trump’s favor."
Now, forget figuring out how a single guy from Poughkeepsie was able to "swing the election in Trump's favor" (The Post makes no attempt to explain that outlandish claim). The real story is that someone on the Obama administration -- Attorney General Loretta Lynch, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, perhaps Barack Obama himself -- moved to have the secret court known as FISA approve a request to intercept the communications of someone who worked for the political campaign of the opposing party.
While Page has been accused of no crimes, he is not at all happy with the news that he was under surveillance.
“This confirms all of my suspicions about unjustified, politically motivated government surveillance,” Page told The Post Tuesday. “I have nothing to hide," he said, comparing what the Obama administration did to him to what the FBI and Justice Department did to civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr.
Page, speaking to Fox News Chief Intelligence Correspondent Catherine Herridge, denied that he ever worked with the Russians to help the Trump campaign.
“Absolutely not,” he said. “I did nothing that could even possibly be viewed as helping them in any way.” Asked whether he had worked with the Russians to hurt the Clinton campaign, he replied, “Absolutely not. In no way, shape or form.”