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Published: Wed, November 08, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Ex-Trump adviser reveals contacts with Russians

Ex-Trump adviser reveals contacts with Russians

Carter Page admitted to meeting Kremlin officials when he was a foreign policy adviser to President Trump's campaign, despite initial denials he had no contact with senior Russian officials at that time, according to a transcript of Page's testimony to the House Intelligence Committee released Monday night. Page's testimony also revealed that more campaign staff members were aware of his July 2016 trip to Russian Federation than had previously been disclosed, including Jeff Sessions, who is now the attorney general. Reporter: We now know the official he was referring to was actually the Russian deputy prime minister at the time page wrote that he, quote, ex??ressed strong support for Mr. Trump and a desire to work together toward devising better solutions in response to a vast range of current worldwide problems.

"I'll send you guys a readout soon regarding some incredible insights and outreach I've received from a few Russian legislators and senior members of the Presidential administration here", the former adviser, Carter Page, wrote in a July 8, 2016, email to campaign staff members after he spoke with Arkady Dvorkovich, the deputy prime minister.

Page called the encounter "just a brief greeting".

Page denied meeting with key Putin ally Igor Sechin (background) but admitted meeting with one of his employees.

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His appearance generated extra attention on Capitol Hill after the disclosure of a guilty plea by another Trump campaign foreign policy aide, George Papadopoulos.

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.

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

Lewandowski, Page said, approved of the trip, as long as he was going by himself and not affiliated with the campaign. The Trump campaign knew about and had blessed Page's trip to meet with Russian officials, which means that the plausible deniability of blaming a few rogue actors inside the campaign has gone up in smoke, and if Jeff Sessions knew about the meetings, the revelation means a whole new world of trouble for the Attorney General. "It's important to remember that Carter Page and George Papadopoulos were peripheral members of a relatively peripheral advisory committee", he said.

The Trump campaign was reaching out to Russian Federation and trying to collude. You met with Russian academics and people in the business community.

He said he was unaware at the time that Papadopoulos was making similar proposals for Trump to travel to Russian Federation, though he acknowledged he had received some of Papadopoulos' emails about Russian Federation.

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

A former British intelligent agent, working on behalf of Democrats, alleged in a dossier compiled before the election and published in January that Page had met with both men.

Page, in his testimony, denied meeting an official mentioned in the so-called Trump dossier as "Divyekin".

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

Page's Russian contacts have become one focus of congressional investigations into what the US intelligence community concluded was a campaign led by Putin to undermine USA democracy and help Trump win.

Papadopoulos also told his superiors on the campaign that he was being offered "dirt" on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and "off the record" meetings with Russian leaders - which, according to court documents, he was encouraged to pursue.

"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 said.

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