Ex-Trump adviser says FBI interviewed him about Russia investigation

Carter Page interviews are most extensive questioning of a potential suspect in the inquiry into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia

Carter Page repeatedly denied wrongdoing when questioned about allegations that he acted as an intermediary between Russia and the Trump campaign. Photograph: Pavel Golovkin/AP

A former foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s election campaign has claimed that he underwent a series of interviews by the FBI in March, the Guardian has confirmed.

Carter Page repeatedly denied wrongdoing when questioned about allegations that he acted as an intermediary between Russia and the Trump campaign, the Washington Post reported. He was apparently questioned during a series of five meetings that lasted a total of around 10 hours.

In an email to the Guardian on Monday, Page wrote that the FBI accepted his loyalty to the US but were worried that he rejected the findings of a US intelligence report in January regarding Russian interference in the presidential election. He said his distrust stemmed from the so-called “dodgy dossier” of 2003 – presumably a reference to the UK’s flawed report on weapons of mass destruction that led to the Iraq war.

“During my extensive discussions with the FBI agents just weeks before Comey’s departure, they acknowledged that I’m a loyal American veteran but indicated that their ‘management’ was concerned that I did not believe the conclusions of the fake January 6 intelligence report,” Page wrote.

“I told them that I learned the lessons from the intelligence failures of the original Dodgy Dossier from 2003 which cost this country thousands of service members’ lives and over a trillion dollars. Our frank and open conversations gave me confidence that there are still logical, honest individuals at the Bureau who respect civil rights and the Constitution, despite the recent devastating impact on our democracy by self-centered politicians at the top of the…

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