Trump Campaign Adviser Gained 'Incredible Insights' During Moscow Trip

Trump campaign adviser Carter Page acknowledges meeting with senior Russian officials: transcript

"I had no coordination with him on that, no", Page testified.

Page also wrote that he had been provided "incredible insights and outreach" by Russian lawmakers and "senior members" of Russian President Vladimir Putin's administration during the trip. Jeff Sessions about a trip he made to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

Page wrote in a July 2016 email to Trump campaign aides that Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich "expressed strong support for Mr. Trump and a desire to work together toward devising better solutions in response to a vast range of current global problems", according to a transcript of more than six hours of testimony Page gave last week before a House of Representatives committee investigating Russian interference in the USA election. 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.

But last week, Page testified to the House Intelligence Committee that he reported to Trump officials about the trip when he returned.

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And while we're all still scrutinizing the transcript for additional details of note, Business Insider's report added that in mid-July 2016, Page also congratulated members of the Trump campaign's foreign policy team on July 14 for their "excellent work" on the "Ukraine amendment" - referring to the Trump campaign's quiet decision to alter the Republican Party's national platform on USA policy towards Ukraine in a direction Russian Federation preferred. Sessions was also among those on Team Trump who was notified of Page's July 2016 Moscow trip. "I forget the exact date, but it was the Thursday night before I flew to Moscow to give my speech". "It's important to remember that Carter Page and George Papadopoulos were peripheral members of a relatively peripheral advisory committee", he said.

That note to the campaign was just a "courtesy", Page told lawmakers last week. We'd known about Page traveling to Moscow during the campaign - which is itself a rather extraordinary step - when he met with prominent Russian officials.

Page played down those comments, telling Schiff that his insights were drawn from listening to Dvorkovich's speech and public statements, and from reading the Russian press and watching Russian television.

Gordon said he does not recall the email but that he had discouraged Page from going to Moscow.

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According to Page, the flight to Moscow and his hotel accommodations were paid for by the university hosting his speech.

A Russian source told Steele that Sechin and Page held a secret meeting to discuss "the issues of future bilateral energy cooperation and prospects for an associated move to lift Ukraine-related western sanctions against Russia". Some of his meals were also taken care of, according to Page's testimony, though some he paid for himself.

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 told the committee that he had not worked with the Russians to hack emails or otherwise influence the election.

Page and his Russian exploits have become a major headache for Trump world. The trip also piqued the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which had Page on their radar since their 2013 discovery that a Russian spy was trying to recruit him.

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That didn't stop him from traveling to Russian Federation again in December 2016.

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