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canada goose clearance sale After months of not commenting and with the realization that he is now on his own, Page said he decided he has no choice but fight back against the accusations publicly. This morning, he sent a letter (PDF) to Comey asking him to swiftly dispose of the investigation into his Canada Goose Parka meetings in Moscow, if such an investigation even exists. persons speaking with such individuals," he wrote. "Instead of allowing the staff of the FBI to focus the nation's limited resources on real threats, these desperate and unfounded calls for my investigation as http://www.canadagoosejacketoutlett.com a private citizen to advance political interests based on nothing more than preposterous mainstream media reports is a true disgrace." canada goose clearance sale
In the letter, Page also disclosed that he has sold his stake in the Russian energy giant Gazprom, at a loss. Page's investments in Gazprom, a company he has performed consulting work for in the past, have often been mentioned as evidence of a conflict of interest for the Trump campaign because Gazprom is a Putin friendly entity that operates in collusion with the Russian government.
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buy canada goose jacket Trump's ties to Russia arelongstanding, complicated and a real potential conflict of interest. They deserve greater scrutiny. At Monday's debate, Clinton should challenge Trump on this topic, while Trump should be more forthright about his potential conflicts of interest with Russia. Carter Page is no longer one of them. It's questionable if he ever was buy canada goose jacket.
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