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Carter Page Coordinated Russia Trip With Top Trump Campaign Officials

07 November 2017

Page confirmed he had emailed campaign adviser J.D. Gordon July 8, 2016, from Moscow - on a trip approved by former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski - to say he had gotten "incredible insights and outreach from a few Russian legislators and senior members of the presidential administration here".

Page, who told the committee he mentioned his July 2016 trip to Jeff Sessions, along with Corey Lewandowski, Hope Hicks, and Gordon, previously said his trip to Russian Federation was unrelated to his foreign policy role in Trump's campaign.

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".

Page often has been contradictory about whom he met on the trip, but his testimony Thursday during a lengthy, behind-closed-doors appearance was under oath.

A USA intelligence source claimed in September 2016 that Page met with Sechin, who raised the issue of lifting those sanctions after the election. He maintained that his interaction with Dvorkovich consisted of a brief greeting, and that he had learned his views on the campaign while listening to Dvorkovich's public address. The dossier alleged that the official told Page that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the committee's top Democrat, pressured Page on what he suggested were inconsistencies in his testimony and past statements. He said he told special counsel Robert Mueller, who is charge of the federal investigation, that he intends to plead the Fifth Amendment.

The committee's Republican majority did not comment on the transcript Monday.

The Trump campaign was reaching out to Russian Federation and trying to collude.

"I'm working on my lawsuit tonight that will get to the bottom of the real interference in the 2016 election, by the [United States government]".

"I said: I'm glad to have the opportunity to meet you".

It's always been known that Page traveled to Moscow in July 2016, but he has said it was in his private capacity, unrelated to his role with the Trump campaign.

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He told the committee that he informed then-Sen.

Now the attorney general, Sessions has testified in front of the Senate that he was not "aware" of any Trump surrogates who had communications with the Russians.

Page also acknowledged that he solicited suggestions for his Moscow speech from the campaign.

That didn't stop him from traveling to Russian Federation again in December 2016.

"I hadn't watched Russian TV for many years, but watching Russian TV in my few days in Moscow there", Page said. Carter, however, has denied the allegations, testifying before the House Intelligence Committee.

Indeed, as the NBC News report makes clear, Page "served on a campaign foreign policy advisory committee under the supervision of Jeff Sessions, who was then a senator and is now the attorney general".

The case of Page, an energy consultant and graduate of the Naval Academy, has attracted scrutiny since he was named an adviser to the campaign in March 2016.

Page also confirmed that he "possibly" had contacted the head of investor relations at the Russian oil company Rosneft in advance of his July 2016 visit.

Page's Russian contacts did not end on his return from Moscow.

And while we're all still scrutinizing the transcript for additional details of note, Business Insider's report added that in mid-July 2016, Page also congratulated members of the Trump campaign's foreign policy team on July 14 for their "excellent work" on the "Ukraine amendment" - referring to the Trump campaign's quiet decision to alter the Republican Party's national platform on USA policy towards Ukraine in a direction Russian Federation preferred. He said he did not recall any discussion of hacked emails there. Page also told CNN's Jake Tapper that he told a "few people" about his Russian Federation trip.

Carter Page Coordinated Russia Trip With Top Trump Campaign Officials