INTELLIGENCE/LEGAL/TRUMP PEOPLE/RUSSIA: “Carter Page, who served briefly as a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, made an appearance in a federal espionage case several years ago because he communicated with a Russian intelligence agent under surveillance by the FBI.
In a statement released Tuesday [4-4-17], Page confirmed his role in the 2015 Justice Department spy case, adding another twist to the still unfolding story of Trump’s peculiar and expanding ties to people connected to Russia.
Page said he assisted U.S. prosecutors in their case against Evgeny Buryakov, an undercover Kremlin agent posing then as a bank executive in New York. Buryakov was convicted of espionage and released from federal prison just last week, a few months short of completing a 30-month sentence. Buryakov agreed to be immediately deported to Russia.
Page’s involvement was first disclosed Monday by BuzzFeed, which said Page was identified as ‘Male 1’ in the Justice Department’s complaint against a Russian spy network based in New York.”

-Tom Hamburger and Alice Crites, “Former Trump adviser admits to 2015 communication with Russian spy,” The Washington Post online, April 4, 2017