Democrats pounced on public comments over the past day by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and intelligence committee member Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), arguing that the GOP memo's failure to mention a key footnote in the Federal Bureau of Investigation application shows how the party has cherry-picked classified facts to protect President Donald Trump.
"But you can understand how that could raise questions and lead to probable cause", Stephanopoulos argued.
He is a former adviser to the Trump campaign, but his role has been minimized by those that worked on the campaign.
Page, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who had years of experience as an energy consultant in Russian Federation, joined the Trump campaign as a foreign policy advisor.
The Steele dossier claims that Page, during a trip to Moscow in July 2016, held secret meetings with a senior Kremlin official and a senior Putin ally that included conversations about helping Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton in the presidential campaign.
Page said he never met Sechen, and said the "19 percent stake" in the company he was reportedly offered would've added up to a ridiculous amount of money for a man in his position. The U.S. later charged Podobny with working as a Russian intelligence agent under diplomatic cover.
Court records include a transcript of a conversation where Podobnyy talks about recruiting someone named "Male-1" by making "empty promises" about "connections in the [Russian] Trade Representation".
Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told CNN at the time that Page is "certainly not part of the campaign I'm running". I don't think I've ever met him. Stephanopoulos confronted Page with his own claim to have served as an adviser to the Russian government.
The editor said that Page's views on Russian Federation were notably different from other scholars. "I didn't think it was so weird, it was just contradictory to most mainstream Russian specialist's views".
"I was teaching a course... at NYU, and I told him a couple of things about what I was talking about in my course, and I gave him a couple of notes, uh, documents that I gave my students", he said.