Feb 6, 2018

Carter Page: Nunes memo was "worse than I could've possibly imagined"

Carter Page speaks at the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser at the center of the Nunes memo controversy, told Fox News' Laura Ingraham that the alleged FISA abuses in the document were "even worse than [he] could've possibly imagined." The memo accuses the FBI of using the Steele dossier to obtain FISA wiretaps against Page without disclosing the fact its creation had been at least partially funded by the DNC and the Clinton campaign.

Yes, but: Page was on the FBI's radar as an individual working as a foreign agent years prior to the dossier's release. In 2013, Page wrote a letter to an academic press saying, "Over the past half year, I have had the privilege to serve as an informal advisor to the staff of the Kremlin in preparation for their Presidency of the G-20 Summit next month."

Watch Page's whole defense in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America, where he addresses his 2013 work for the Kremlin:

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Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges

Clients use an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Wells Fargo agreed to a pay a combined $3 billion to the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for opening millions of fake customer accounts between 2002 and 2016, the SEC said in a press release.

The big picture: The fine "is among the largest corporate penalties reached during the Trump administration," the Washington Post reports.