Trump adviser Page describes meeting with Russian official during 2016 campaign

Aaron Brown
November 8, 2017

A former foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign told the House Intelligence Committee that his trip to Russian Federation previous year was approved by a former Trump campaign manager and that he also informed other campaign officials-including one who holds a powerful position in the White House-about the potential visit.

Page also told the panel he had informed some members of the Trump campaign about the trip, and he had planned to share information with them about what he had learned.

The New York Times first reported that Page notified campaign officials about his meetings in Moscow, but the transcript, which is more than 200 pages long, discloses the names of those advisers - Tera Dahl and J.D. Gordon - and the identity of the Russian official, Dvorkovich.

During many public appearances prior to his November 2, 2017 testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in open session, Carter Page characterized his July 2016 trip to Russia as a private one in which his interactions with Russian individuals were largely confined to the 'man on the street.' In his testimony, however, he was forced to acknowledge that he communicated with high level Russian officials while in Moscow, including one of Russia's Deputy Prime Ministers.

Schiff called the Russian links to Papadopoulos and Page two parallel efforts by the Trump campaign to make contacts with Russian interests.

During his confirmation hearing earlier this year, Sessions, a former Republican senator from Alabama, denied ever having contact with Russians during the campaign.

Page's testimony shows that a number of Trump campaign officials were aware of his plans to travel to Moscow before he left - and that he updated others on his return.

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.

A spokeswoman for Sessions declined to comment; Clovis' attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday night.

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The Trump campaign was reaching out to Russian Federation and trying to collude. "It's important to remember that Carter Page and George Papadopoulos were peripheral members of a relatively peripheral advisory committee", he said.

Rep. Schiff confronted him about an email he wrote in May 2016, suggesting that then-candidate Trump "take my place and raise the temperature a little bit" by going to the Russian university speaking gig.

The most common theme in Page's testimony was a relentless pivoting towards the dossier compiled by Steele, which he says has led to death threats.

Later, it emerged that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had obtained a secret court order to monitor Page's communications during the summer of 2016.

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.

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

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. Page said he also told Sam Clovis, another campaign aide. He said he discussed "foreign policy things" with the ambassador and that he had some "general" discussions of U.S. -Russia relations with she and other Hungarian officials - though he could recall few specifics.

That seems to confirm findings by former British spy Christopher Steele, who reported in his dossier that "official close to Presidential Administration Head, S. Ivanov, confided in a compatriot that a senior colleague in the Internal Political Department of the PA, Divyekin (nfd) also had met secretly with Page on his recent visit".

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