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REVEALED: Ex-Trump adviser Carter Page floated ‘spy swap’ two days before Putin suggested it at summit

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Carter Page, a former adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, called for a “spy swap” between the U.S. and Russia two days before President Vladimir Putin suggested it.

At a summit with Trump on July 16, Putin said that he would allow American investigators to interview 12 Russians accused of hacking the Democratic National Committee if the U.S. government would turn over anti-Putin activist Bill Browder, a British citizen, and other Americans who supported Hillary Clinton.

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Browder has been a thorn in Putin’s side since he helped pass the Magnitsky Act, which levies sanctions against Russia and other countries that violate human rights.

Two days before Putin had suggested the trade, Page called for a similar “spy swap.”

“Is any swap possible now?” he asked, arguing that Russia could trade the 12 accused hackers for U.S. “[i]ntel assets who damaged democracy by injecting @DNC / DOJ Dodgy Dossier lies that led to illegal hacking.”

“Or at least an info swap?” he added.

During the 2016 campaign, Page became a target of U.S. investigators due to his connections to Russia. He was also named in the infamous Steele dossier, which alleged contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

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Clinton, the former Democratic nominee, has said it is “deeply troubling” that the Trump administration has not objected to allowing the Kremlin to interview Browder and other Americans.

Read the tweet below.

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The real DC showdown: Pelosi vs. Trump

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Repeatedly through the Trump presidency, she has stepped up to offer just the right gesture, just the right opinion, just the right level of evenness or passion that proves effective in making the role of leadership believable.

Along the way, she manages to count votes, keep her caucus in line and stand up for a totally understandable and admirable bar of justice and American value, for the Constitution itself.

Her statements yesterday in outlining in measured tones the reasoning that Donald Trump’s actions have left “no choice” but moving forward towards impeachment were well-said, logical, and belied the emotion behind them.

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Trump’s undermining of efforts to fight Putin detailed in ex-CIA agent’s disturbing new column

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Marc Polymeropoulos, who retired from the agency in June, said in column posted at Just Security that the CIA issued an informal "call to arms" in the wake of Kremlin interference in the 2016 election, but those efforts were hampered by Trump's relationship with Russia's president Vladimir Putin.

"The Call to Arms required a whole-of-agency effort to counter the Kremlin," Polymeropoulos wrote. "It involved moving resources and personnel inside CIA. Most importantly, it required a change in mindset, similar to what occurred within the Intelligence Community after 9/11, that an 'all-hands-on-deck' approach was required."

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