Trump adviser sent email describing 'private conversation' with Russian official

by Ray Hunter November 8, 2017, 0:33
Trump adviser sent email describing 'private conversation' with Russian official

One of the members of the Trump campaign to come under scrutiny of the Russian Federation election interference investigation, volunteer Carter Page, testified to a House committee that he sought permission from senior campaign officials for a July 2016 trip to Moscow, NBC News reported.

In previous testimony in Congress, Sessions said he was "not aware of any of those" contacts between Russian officials and Trump campaign surrogates.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify before the House Judiciary Committee next week as part of its ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Prosecutors said in their Sunday filings ahead of the bail review that Manafort had yet to provide documentation to substantiate his claimed $28 million of assets or net worth.

Schiff told the AP that his committee is probing "anyone and everyone affiliated with the Trump campaign" and the interactions they had with the Russians.

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According to the court documents, Papadopoulos suggested at a campaign meeting that then-candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet.

"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.

"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 worldwide problems", Page wrote, according to Schiff. She set the Monday hearing to decide that question.

Page also told committee members that he told Jeff Sessions, who was then a US senator and is now attorney general, and Sam Clovis, then the national co-chairman of Trump's campaign, that he was traveling to Moscow to make a speech at the New Economic School.

Page called the encounter "just a brief greeting".

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"They're focused on criminal investigations, we're focused on armchair quarterbacking - making sure every witness has been seen, every fact has been checked - and we're going through the policy aspects", Lankford said. Sessions has recused himself from Russian matters as head of the Justice Department because he was a top policy adviser during the Trump campaign.

"He didn't say yes and he didn't say no", the official said, declining to be more specific about Trump's response to Papadopoulos.

And Page told the committee about another foreign trip he took during the campaign, a long weekend he spent in Budapest where he said he met with Hungary's ambassador to the United States and other Hungarian officials.

Page addressed some of the questions about those trips in more than seven hours of testimony last week to the House committee.

His trip to Moscow in July 2016 came after he joined the Trump campaign and he used it to deliver a pro-Russia speech at a university.

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Only 7 percent of Trump voters say they believe that members of the campaign team colluded with Russian Federation.


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