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Leaked Republican House Committee Interview Transcripts Begin to Appear in Media Reports

The *New York Times* is reporting that [the F.B.I. opened a counterintelligence inquiry into whether Trump was secretly working on behalf of Russia]( shortly after James Comey was fired in May 2017.

Part of their reporting is based on portions of transcripts from interviews conducted by the GOP-controlled House.

>“Not only would it be an issue of obstructing an investigation, but the obstruction itself would hurt our ability to figure out what the Russians had done, and that is what would be the threat to national security,” Mr. Baker said in his testimony, portions of which were read to The New York Times.

>“In the Russian Federation and in President Putin himself, you have an individual whose aim is to disrupt the Western alliance and whose aim is to make Western democracy more fractious in order to weaken our ability, America’s ability and the West’s ability to spread our democratic ideals,” Lisa Page, a former bureau lawyer, told House investigators in private testimony reviewed by The Times.

>“That’s the goal, to make us less of a moral authority to spread democratic values,” she added.

**Transcripts Provided to Right-Wing Conspiracy Theorist:**

The *Times* notes that the Lisa Page testimony was [first reported by *The Epoch Times*](, a newspaper founded and owned by followers of a Chinese religious cult, which regularly posts pro-Trump news and opinion.

The author of the article, [Jeff Carlson](, is not a journalist, but a self-described “CFA Charterholder” who has “worked for 20 years as an analyst and portfolio manager in the high-yield bond market” and runs his own website. He has been writing for *The Epoch Times* since August 2018, focusing exclusively on floating conspiracy theories about law enforcement agencies and individuals involved in the F.B.I. and Special Counsel investigations.

I won’t quote any of the passages here since there is no way to tell how much has been taken out of context, but expect to see more soon as it filters out to other outlets.

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