Leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee are prepared to issue a subpoena to Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign, if he is not willing to turn over documents related to the Russian probe.
Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and ranking Democrat Mark Warner (D-Va.) issued a joint statement Friday stating that they were aware that Carter Page may not comply with their April 28th request for documents in his possession. The often elusive Carter Page, has since, submitted a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee, to oppose their requests.
The Senate intelligence panel investigating Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, including possible collusion with the Trump campaign, as part of fact-finding has proceeded with sending letters to former Trump aides requesting that they turn over Russian related records.
Carter Page’s response comes as no surprise, despite stating in an interview on Wednesday that he was cooperating with the Committee’s investigation into Russian activities. He’s no stranger to making statements in interviews and later contradicting his words on various other networks.
In a statement to the press, Burr and Warner said, “Three days ago, Carter Page told Fox News he was cooperating with the Committee’s investigation into Russian activities surrounding the 2016 Election,” “Today we have learned that may not be the case.”
In their Letter to Carter Page last Friday, Burr and Warren invited him to a closed meeting. Page was asked to provide any records of correspondence he had with Russian government officials, Russian businessmen, and the Trump campaign between June 15, 2015 and Jan. 20, 2017, the date of Trump’s inauguration.
Page referred to the committee’s request as “cumbersome chores.” In his response, he also suggested the reports that the FBI obtained via a surveillance warrant against him last September, did not require his assistance because the federal government already has the information being sought by the committee. In the letter, reported by CNN, Page said that investigators should go to the Obama administration to get access to his communications since he was reportedly under surveillance.
Burr and Warren said that they would seek other means to obtain the information, “Should Mr. Page choose not to provide the material requested by those dates, the Committee will consider its next steps at that time.”
“The Committee will continue to pursue its inquiry into issues surrounding Russia’s involvement in the 2016 Presidential election; it is our expectation that Mr. Page will live up to his publicly expressed cooperation with our effort.”
The New York Times reported that the committee issued similar records requests to other Trump campaign advisers who are at the center of the FBI’s investigation. Former advisors Michael Flynn, Roger Stone, and Paul Manafort are expected to testify. The committee has already conducted interviews as part of its ongoing investigation.