After calling Carter Page “low-level” and claiming not to know the high-profile former Trump foreign policy advisor — who was at the time under surveillance via a FISA warrant for his associations with Russian spies — pugilistic former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski suddenly recovered his memory of an instance during the campaign when Page told him he was going to Russia.
During an appearance on Fox News Tuesday, Lewandowski flipped from saying, “To the best of my recollection, I don’t know Carter Page. To the best of my knowledge, Carter Page … had no formal role in the campaign ,” . . . to . . ., “My memory has been refreshed.”
Page testified in the House last week that he had asked Lewandowski and Trump’s favorite staffer and now-communications director, Hope Hicks, if it was all right for him to visit Moscow to discuss the presidential campaign with Kremlin officials during the election.
Lewandowski, who moments before did not “remember” such an interaction, contended, once he recovered from ostensible amnesia, that he had said, “If you’d like to go on your own, not affiliated with the campaign, you know, that’s fine.”
However, considering his nebulous relationship with the truth, it has proven difficult to take Lewandowski at his word, considering that Page did in fact subsequently discuss the campaign with agents of the Russian government.
Lewandowski’s awareness of contact with Russia proves especially interesting, considering that it took place before the recently-indicted Paul Manafort, with his deeply entrenched Putin ties, replaced Lewandowski as the head of Trump’s campaign, meaning that the campaign’s Russia connections pre-dated Manafort.
This moral exemplar is yet one more former top Trump adviser to recover his memory under pressure. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in his June Senate testimony that he could “not recall” his and other staffers’ conversations with Russian government officials, but after Trump foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about his Russian contacts, Sessions suddenly remembered a conversation in which Papadopoulos told him and Donald Trump that he was having ongoing communications with Russian agents.
As Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation unearths more details about campaign collusion with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election on Trump’s behalf (with the understanding that a Trump administration would lift Obama-era sanctions against Russia), and the coverup thereof, it seems likely that an increasing number of the president’s inner circle will miraculously begin to recollect details they had previously “forgotten.”
After Page testimony, Lewandowski says his memory has been "refreshed". http://pic.twitter.com/6mugwpn2lq
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 8, 2017
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