President Trump's former campaign policy adviser Carter Page denied any wrongdoing in an interview Wednesday with CBS News' Jeff Pegues, saying any review of his involvement with Russia is "going to be such an open and shut case."
Page gave the interview hours after Mr. Trump focused on Page inWednesday morning, dismissing the "witch hunt" Russia investigation and saying Democrats "excoriated" Page. Page is as the FBI and congressional panels investigate any ties between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign.
"I think it's going to be such an open and shut case," Page told CBS News.
Well before Page joined the Trump campaign, he was named "Male-1" in an FBI case the led to the 2015 arrest of Russian spies in New York, and court papers allege the Russians tried to recruit Page, Pegues reports. Now, there are questions as to whether the Trump campaign properly vetted Page. There are also questions about whether Mr. Trump's team properly vetted Flynn, also of interest in the Russia probe, as Trump aides were reportedlybefore Mr. Trump's inauguration.
"People knew me very well going back many years. So, not directly within the campaign, but people I knew," Page told CBS News.
The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor Page's communications, because the government had reason to believe, The Washington Post reported in April. Page told CBS News at the time he was "happy to hear" about the Post's report.
"It shows how low the Clinton/Obama regime went to destroy our democracy and suppress dissidents who did not fully support their failed foreign policy," Page said in the statement at the time.
The FBI and congressional Russia investigations appear to be gaining steam.
The House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday issued-- including to Flynn and Mr. Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. Cohen told CBS News he plans on cooperating.
Page will also be interviewed on "CBS This Morning" Thursday.