Carter Page Says Russia Trip Was Approved by Trump Campaign Manager Lewandowski
- Marvin Ford
During a seven-hour, closed-door interview before the committee last Thursday, Page acknowledged that he met with Russian deputy prime minster Arkadiy Dvorkovich during a July 2016 trip to Moscow.
Perhaps most important, 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.
Asked about the email, Page told lawmakers he did not mean that he had met with officials, but rather had learned of their views in local media, from scholars in Russian Federation and at a public speech given by Dvorkovich at a conference where Page was also speaking.Page said he had a "brief hello" with Dvorkovich.
Rachel Maddow shares a passage from the House Intelligence Committee of former Donald Trump advisor Carter Page in which he tells members of the committee which high ranking Trump officials he told about his contacts with Russians.
Confronted with his email, Page told the committee that he had not meant that he met with any officials but rather that he had learned of their views about the US election from local media and scholars.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the committee's ranking Democrat, pointed out that Rosneft's CEO, Igor Sechin, was under USA sanctions as part of the Magnitsky Act. He said he told special counsel Robert Mueller, who is charge of the federal investigation, that he intends to plead the Fifth Amendment.
The transcript shows Page, a Navy veteran who worked for a time in Moscow as an energy consultant, was at times combative and evasive in response to committee questions.
The Trump campaign was reaching out to Russian Federation and trying to collude. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., then a key Trump supporter and now attorney general, and said he "probably" had told national campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis before leaving and definitely did so on his return.
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Page's disclosure increases the pressure on Sessions ahead of a hearing scheduled for next week before the House Judiciary Committee.
That didn't stop him from traveling to Russian Federation again in December 2016.
With his Russian Federation ties under scrutiny, Page said in September 2016 that he was taking a leave from the campaign.
He also cited Trump's criticism of judges who rule against him and his efforts to limit immigration from Muslim-majority countries as threats to democracy, adding that Trump is attempting to undermine the ongoing probes into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.
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.
Lawmakers are expected to ask Schiller what he knows about Trump's 2013 trip to Moscow and a 35-page dossier that a former British intelligence officer wrote about Trump's behavior on the trip to visit the Miss Universe pageant. 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.