Former Trump campaign aide Carter Page revealed Friday why he did not completely comply with the House Intelligence Committee's subpoena for certain documents.
Fresh off his marathon eight-hour testimony before the panel, which is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, Page claimed he didn't trust lawmakers well enough to keep any information he provided from leaking. Instead he invoked his Fifth Amendment rights.
He told CNN host Jake Tapper about his concerns through a "funny story."
"In one of the breaks, one Democrat and one Republican, you know, off the court reporter, you know, just between them, they, you know, they came back from voting and they said, how did, you know, they were referring to Manu Raju," he said, referring to CNN's Capitol Hill reporter.
"They're like, 'How did he find out about everything that was going on?'", Page said, adding that the two lawmakers went "back and forth" about who might have leaked.
Page’s trip to Moscow in July 2016, and previous contacts with Russians in particular, are under scrutiny by investigators looking into Russian interference. Already there have been several leaks regarding the ongoing inquiries, including last Friday, when CNN broke the news that indictments were coming. And indeed, on Monday, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his former associate Rick Gates were dealt 12 charges as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
"You know, if these people — if they're leaking the —this kind of basic discussions in a conversation, and I'm handing them over thousands and thousands of emails after I was already hacked by all allegations CNN has reported and other newspapers, et cetera, have talked about my crazy FISA warrant based on, you know, allegedly based on the dodgy [Trump] dossier," Carter said. "So, you know, I've already been hacked myself. And now they're asking for thousands and thousands of emails. "
"You don't trust them? You think they'll leak it?", Tapper asked.
"Well, look at the experience," Carter replied. "Manu's a good guy, but, you know, to have all of your — all of your information which has already been hacked by the U.S. government and more people are asking to have, you know, those same documents, I think you would probably feel a little bit concerned about that, too. Again, I'm trying to help as much as I can and I'm taking steps, you know. I always give the people the benefit of the doubt. So let's see. Hopefully they act better than they had yesterday."
The Senate Intelligence Committee has also subpoenaed Carter.