Carter Page reveals new contacts with Trump campaign, Russians

Carter Page reveals new contacts with Trump campaign, Russians

Carter Page reveals new contacts with Trump campaign, Russians

NBC News reported: Former Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page, who has come under scrutiny in the investigation of Russian election interference, told a House committee that he sought permission for a July 2016 trip to Moscow from senior Trump campaign officials, and reported to other Trump officials about the trip when he returned.

Carter Page, who had long stated his July 2016 trip to Moscow was personal, told the committee Thursday that he informed Corey Lewandowski, then Trump's campaign manager, about an invitation to visit with Russian officials and that Lewandowski approved as long as it was "not affiliated with the campaign", according to Page's testimony released Monday night.

When asked if he had a private meeting with Dvorkovich on that second trip, Page replied: "We did - he stopped by a dinner I went to in December with people from the university".

Page also told the committee that he learned in the summer of 2016 that Papadopoulos was in contact with a professor connected to the Russian government.

Steele alleged that Sechin offered Page the brokerage of a 19 percent stake in Rosneft in exchange for getting USA sanctions lifted against oligarchs close to Russian president Vladmir Putin.

The disclosure that might be most problematic for Trump as the Russian Federation investigation moves along is Page's admission that he had told then-Sen.

He has denied meeting with Sechin while there, but agrees it would have been "a great honor".

Page acknowledged that he received an email from Papadopoulos previous year that made a reference to the professor. But the details about interactions between his foreign policy advisers and Russians raise new questions about the Trump campaign's dealings with Moscow.

In March, Gordon told Politico he advised Page not to head to Moscow, where Page's scheduled activities included giving a speech.

The House panel's top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, cited a memo Page sent campaign officials that quoted Page as writing "in a private conversation, Dvorkovich expressed strong support for Mr. Trump and a desire to work together toward devising better solutions in response to the vast range of current worldwide problems".

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After first asserting that he didn't meet with senior Russian officials during the trip, he later acknowledged that he spoke with deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to making false statements and "material omissions" to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about numerous communications he had with allies of the Russian government, according to a criminal statement unsealed last week.

Page also acknowledged to members of Congress that he has had at least four meetings with the FBI related to the Russian Federation investigation.

There are two important takeaways from Page's testimony.

In an email to campaign officials in advance of the speech, Page wrote: "Please let me know if you have any reservations or thoughts on how you'd prefer me to focus these remarks", according to the transcript.

That didn't stop him from traveling to Russian Federation again in December 2016. The dossier alleged that the official told Page that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

"Page - after being presented with an email he sent to his campaign supervisors, and which he did not disclose to the committee prior to the interview and despite a subpoena from the Committee - detailed his meetings with Russian government officials and others, and said that they provided him with insights and outreach that he was interested in sharing with the campaign", Schiff said in a statement.

Trump has said he does not recall ever speaking to Page.

Page told NBC News Monday night that some lawmakers are focusing on "irrelevant distractions". The Russia collusion reached the highest levels of the campaign, and the White House is trying to cover-up the facts.

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