Carter Page, man of a thousand MSNBC promos, just added to his year’s already stuffed stocking of loony moments. In a 15-page letter to the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence’s Dianne Feinstein, the former Trump advisor explains his reluctance to submit personal emails and other documents by comparing himself to sexual harassment victims of Al Franken.
“I believe that if you surveyed Senator Franken’s harassment victims, a vast majority of them would most likely prefer being briefly groped rather than suffer the severe invasion of privacy and other historic abuses that I’ve continued to undergo based on the groundless Witch Hunt.
“I have endured these injustices for over a year already and hope you can understand why I might be reluctant to submit myself to a further invasion of my privacy now by sending you thousands of my personal emails and other documents.”
A screenshot of Page’s letter, containing the bizarre quote, was tweeted by Politico reporter Kyle Cheney this afternoon. (See it below.)
Late last month, Feinstein, the Committee’s ranking Democrat, asked Page to submit documents as part of the panel’s investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential campaign. Page had already testified in person.
The strangely verbose Page – whose cringe-inducing interview by a surprised and not unsympathetic Chris Hayes has been turned into relentless promo fodder by MSNBC – has been complaining quite a bit this week about being in the spotlight. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed Tuesday in the Justice Department’s legal battle to block the proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner, Page argued that such media mergers encourage “extreme levels of journalistic recklessness and impropriety.”
To support his brief, Page, referring to himself as a former “junior, unpaid, informal advisor” to Trump, cited his experience with Yahoo News and the Huffington Post, which he has sued for defamation over a story that said he was under investigation for meeting election-meddling Russian officials.
Here’s the latest from the “junior, unpaid, informal advisor” and frequent cable news guest, courtesy of Politico: