Carter Page transcript sheds new light on Trump-Russia scandal

Frederick Owens
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 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.

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.

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.

The adviser said that he went to discuss an energy project, but could not remember the names of the government officials that he met with and later kept a correspondence.

Page's trip to Moscow, he testified, was "about just having a warm conversation with individuals" and it culminated with a speech he gave to the New Economic School, a university in Moscow.

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. Clovis last week withdrew from consideration for a senior job at the Department of Agriculture. But the details about interactions between his foreign policy advisers and Russians raise new questions about the Trump campaign's dealings with Moscow.

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.

A US intelligence source claimed in September 2016 that Page met with Sechin, who raised the issue of lifting those sanctions after the election.

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Page also told the committee that he learned in the summer of 2016 that Papadopoulos was in contact with a professor connected to the Russian government.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to investigators as part of a deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing Russian meddling in the US election.

Papadopoulos lied to federal investigators about his interactions with a professor he believed had substantive ties to the Kremlin, according to the statement of offense filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

That contradicts what Lewandowski himself has claimed, having told USA Today last March that he granted "nobody" permission to travel to Russian Federation. Page said he did not recall the email until a reporter from The Washington Post told him about it in August of this year.

Page's disclosure increases the pressure on Sessions ahead of a hearing scheduled for next week before the House Judiciary Committee.

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.

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. He also admitted notifying the fact of his meetings to his campaign supervisors.

Page did explain to lawmakers an email he sent to the campaign officials describing a "private conversation" with Deputy Prime Minister Arkadiy Dvorkovich, in which the Russian "expressed strong support" for Trump.

The committee's Republican majority did not comment on the transcript Monday. Nunes has angered Democrats by continuing to issue subpoenas without consulting them.

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