Page Testimony Offers New Details On July 2016 Trip

Nov 08, 2017, 00:26
Page Testimony Offers New Details On July 2016 Trip

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.

Page denied meeting with Diveykin and told the committee that "senior members of the presidential administration", as described in his email, was actually just a brief chat with deputy Prime Minister Arkadiy Dvorkovich. Additionally, Page detailed other conversations he had with senior Trump campaign officials, including now-Attorney General Sessions, making clear that senior campaign officials were informed of his Moscow trip.

Page characterized his July 2016 trip to Russia as a "private" trip and said his interactions with Russians were largely confined to the "man on the street", Schiff said in a statement Monday night.

Page's original emergence into the spotlight came in a Yahoo News report a year ago, where he was alleged to have met with administration official Igor Diveykin and Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russian oil behemoth Rosneft and an ally to Vladimir Putin.

In his July 2016 note, Page wrote that Dvorkovich had "expressed 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".

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.

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

Another Trump foreign affairs adviser, George Papadopoulos, last month pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about his contacts with Russian interests and his communications with Trump campaign aides.Papadopoulos has been cooperating with investigators in their months-long probe.

An unverified dossier from former British spy Christopher Steele, which Page repeatedly referred to as the "dodgy dossier" said that Page was offered money from a deal privatizing a large portion of Rosneft past year.

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 global problems".

Lewandowski reportedly faced questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee last month, while Hicks was scheduled to meet with special counsel Robert Mueller's team this month.

He also acknowledged a separate trip to Moscow in December 2016 and an early September 2016 trip to Budapest for meetings with Hungarian government officials, the details of which he would not elaborate.

Page said in his testimony that he had "very limited" interaction with Papadopoulos as a fellow Trump adviser.

With his Russian Federation ties under scrutiny, Page said in September 2016 that he was taking a leave from the campaign.

"It was an idea", Page said, adding that it would have been similar to then-candidate Barack Obama's speech in Germany in 2008.

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 USA election from local media and scholars. The dossier alleged that the official told Page that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

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

Mary, we know who that official is now.

Page told NBC News Monday night that some lawmakers are focusing on "irrelevant distractions".