Ex-Trump campaign aide Carter Page to host program on cable outlet OAN

Ex-Trump campaign aide Carter Page to host program on cable outlet OAN
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Former Trump campaign aide Carter Page has been awarded his own program on the conservative cable outlet One America News Network (OAN).

Page, 47, who has appeared on the network before, will launch "America in the World With Carter Page" this Saturday with a focus on the upcoming midterm elections.

The one-off special will have two subsequent airings before the elections on Tuesday, according to an announcement from the network.

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Page, who has become one of the central figures in the special council investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, said in a statement to The Hill that he's glad the network is providing a platform ahead of the midterms.

He also accused the media, and not Russia, of "extreme election interference."

“After the extreme election interference by the media and some Democrat political operatives during the last major nationwide contest, it’s essential that America restores truth in its democratic processes," Page said.

"I’m glad that OAN has offered the chance to provide a few insights regarding the facts this weekend before voters go to the polls next Tuesday."

The San Diego–based OAN was launched in 2013 by millionaire Robert Herring. It also has news bureaus in New York and Washington, D.C.

"We’re excited to give Carter an opportunity to ask the questions and provide his insights as he takes us around the world,” Herring said in a statement Thursday.

Page, who served as a foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, has come under scrutiny in the federal and congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The former campaign aide has attracted attention because of a July 2016 trip he took to Moscow during which he met with a high-level Kremlin official.

A redacted surveillance warrant application to wiretap Page that was released by the Justice Department over the summer showed that the FBI believed him to be “the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government.”

Page has interviewed with both the House and Senate Intelligence committees in their investigations into Russian interference. He has not been charged with any crimes as part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerHouse progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna: 'I'm not there yet' on impeachment MORE’s probe.

Page has also been a flashpoint in Republican allegations that the Justice Department and FBI were biased in their decisions to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016.

Conservative allies of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE have argued that the FBI improperly used the so-called Steele dossier as a basis for the wiretap on Page.

The dossier, which contains some salacious and unverified allegations about Trump’s ties to Moscow, was compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele for opposition research firm Fusion GPS and was partly funded by Democrats.

House Republicans allege the FBI was not upfront about the dossier's connection to Democrats when referencing Steele's research in parts of the surveillance renewal applications.

Page, a former energy executive with ties to Russian energy giant Gazprom, is said to have attracted FBI scrutiny because of his Russia contacts as far back as 2013 — long before his involvement on the campaign.