10 pieces of evidence against most diabolical Russian spy ever

As special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE presumably wraps up the Russia probe, one important point, about one important suspect, has escaped much scrutiny.

Evidence revealed over the past two years indicates former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page is the most diabolical Russian spy ever known. Ever.

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Ten pieces of evidence support this conclusion:

  1. We know Carter Page is a diabolical Russian spy because the FBI wiretapped him. Under our laws, FBI agents cannot wiretap a U.S. citizen based merely on suspicion or hunches, or to fish for information; they must possess hard evidence indicating the target is currently — or imminently about to become — a foreign spy. So the FBI would not have wiretapped Page if it couldn’t meet the legal evidence threshold. (At least they shouldn’t have.)
  1. Page became a Russian spy after he assisted the FBI in a Russian spy case in 2013. It takes the most diabolical sort to be an asset for the FBI in one Russian spy case, and then to go on to become a Russian spy yourself! (At least that's what the FBI claims.)
  1. Page is so diabolical that he spied for Russia even as he knew the FBI was watching. (The FBI interviewed him in March 2016, prior to wiretapping him.) Only a seasoned operative with ice water in his veins would have the nerve to spy for Russia right under the FBI’s nose — and think he can get away with it! (At least that’s the FBI's apparent theory.)
  1. After the FBI interviewed Page, he traveled to Moscow, where he used to live and do business, in July 2016 to give a university commencement address. Obviously, this was a diabolical cover for a diabolical spy trip. Fusion GPS, the Democrats’ political opposition research team, would later tell the FBI that Page met with Russian officials on the trip. (Page later denied it under oath, but I think we all know who to believe here, don't we?)
  1. Page is so diabolical that the FBI reportedly sent onetime CIA operative Stefan Halper to meet multiple times with him (and also with another Trump adviser, George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosBarr: It would be a crime for president to pardon someone in exchange for their silence Press: What dirt does Putin have on Trump? Tweets, confirmations and rallies: Trump's year in numbers MORE) to gather information prior to opening the “Russia probe.” In fact, Halper, who later offered his services as a Trump foreign policy adviser, invited Page to his Virginia farm. (It’s important, after all, to get close to diabolical spies to shore up the evidence.)
  1. Page is so diabolical that the FBI didn’t only wiretap him for a single cycle of several months. No, he was wiretapped over and over again. Obviously, the FBI would not have done this to a U.S. citizen — and the federal surveillance court surely would not have approved it — had there not been hard evidence of his criminal and treasonous intentions. (At least that's how it’s supposed to work.)
  1. Page continued his illicit activities even after his trip to Moscow was exposed in a September 2016 Yahoo News article. (The article was based on leaked info from Fusion GPS, provided to the FBI.) Only the most diabolical spy would keep spying after such exposure!
  1. Page is so diabolical that, after the Yahoo News article, he had the nerve to write a letter to then-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyClapper: 'Americans should be very concerned' about lack of notes from Trump-Putin meetings Could Nancy Pelosi be the next president of the United States? Live coverage: Trump AG pick grilled on Mueller probe at confirmation hearing MORE objecting to the so-called witch hunt against him. Then-head of FBI counterespionage Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI attorney Lisa Page, were far more clever, thank goodness. They used Carter Page’s letter as a “pretext to interview.” The couple then provided talking points so that then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeRosenstein, DOJ exploring ways to more easily spy on journalists Trump: I never worked for Russia FBI wondered if Trump was 'acting at the behest' of Russia, transcripts show: report MORE could persuade a high-ranking Justice Department official to sign a wiretap application against Page weeks before the election.
  1. Page is so diabolical that Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesCould Nancy Pelosi be the next president of the United States? Witch hunt or mole hunt? Times bombshell blows up all theories Exculpatory Russia evidence about Mike Flynn that US intel kept secret MORE signed the wiretap application Oct. 21, 2016, using questionable “evidence” from Fusion GPS and the Yahoo article. Obviously, sometimes a wiretap application needs to bend the verification rules a little bit when the FBI is dealing with someone as diabolical as Page. (Around this time, Comey confidant and head of the Lawfare blog, Benjamin Wittes, wrote of developing an “insurance policy” in case Trump won. FBI officials Strzok and Lisa Page had used the same terminology.)
  1. Finally, Carter Page is so diabolical that the FBI renewed its wiretap in early January 2017 after Trump was elected (signed by Comey and Yates); in April 2017 after Trump took office (signed by Comey); and in June 2017 after Comey’s firing (signed by McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinLive coverage: Trump AG pick grilled on Mueller probe at confirmation hearing The Hill's Morning Report — No new negotiations as shutdown hits 25 days Democrat previews Mueller questions for Trump’s AG nominee MORE). Obviously, so many sensitive wiretaps connected to a political campaign would have elicited hard, tough questions and oversight from Comey and other top officials to ensure the process was carefully justified. (At least that’s what FBI policy demands.)

Clearly, all of this implies that the FBI’s efforts drew mounds of incriminating evidence enabling Mueller to quietly build an airtight case against the central figure in a wide-ranging conspiracy to change votes in Campaign 2016, at the direction of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ MORE. We now await the indictments.

And yet ...

As of now, Carter Page hasn’t been charged with so much as lying to the FBI or filing a faulty tax return, let alone Russian spying. He endured the most intrusive, intimidating methods the government has at its disposal. He was the subject of media leaks. His reputation was destroyed. If he’s never charged with being a Russian spy, he’s either that slippery … or it would suggest that the top intelligence officials who targeted him were either incompetent or corrupt. It would seem to border on criminal.

If Carter Page isn’t the world’s most diabolical spy ever, then it could imply that the investigation itself has been diabolical.

Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) is an Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist, author of The New York Times best-sellers "The Smear" and "Stonewalled," and host of Sinclair's Sunday TV program, “Full Measure.”