Amid intensifying concerns about Russia’s role in influencing the outcome of last year’s presidential elections, Trump’s transition team asked former campaign policy adviser Carter Page to distance from the president.
In a December 2016 letter obtained by The Daily Caller, Attorney Don McGahn asked Page to “immediately cease” misrepresenting himself as a Trump adviser.
McGahn also told the international businessman to stop suggesting he did more than his short stint as a member of the advisory council who never personally met Trump.
The Daily Caller reports:
“It has come to our attention that you may be holding yourself out as an ‘advisor’ to Mr. Trump in making statements to the media and in other contexts,” Donald McGahn wrote in a Dec. 22 letter to Page, an energy consultant who joined the campaign in March.
“As you know, you were merely one of many people named to a foreign policy advisory committee in March of 2016 — a committee that met one time and one time only. You never met Mr. Trump, nor did you ever ‘advise’ Mr. Trump about anything,” added McGahn, who now serves as White House general counsel.
The FBI wiretapped Page’s communications because the agency believes he was acting as a Russian agent, according to a report by The Washington Post.
Page denies he has ever helped Russia collected intelligence, saying he provided assistance to the U.S. intelligence community.
As an international financier, Page specializes in Russia’s oil and gas markets and previously worked in Moscow. He acknowledged to have spoken with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during Republican National Committee convention last year.