Carter Page Coordinated Russia Trip with Top Trump Campaign Officials

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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.

But according to the transcript, he told lawmakers that he did indeed speak with members of the Russian government and state-owned businesses, including Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.

When asked if he had a private meeting with Dvorkovich on that second trip, Page replied: "We did - he stopped by a dinner I went to in December with people from the university".

Page's comments provide the latest confirmed contacts between members of the Trump campaign and Russians during the presidential race. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a top campaign advisor, that he was headed to Moscow while the two were at a June 2016 dinner at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington.

In numerous public interviews, Page has always denied he met with other Russian officials, notably with Igor Sechin, a Putin associate.

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".

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.

He continued denials of meeting with those officials, but admitted meeting with a high-ranking employee of Sechin's, Rosneft's investor relations head Andrey Baranov.

Beyond the meetings that Page had during his summertime trip to Moscow, his testimony also provided a clearer look at how much more senior campaign officials knew of his comings and goings.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the committee's ranking Democrat, pointed out that Rosneft's CEO, Igor Sechin, was under US sanctions as part of the Magnitsky Act.

"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.

Page is one of a number of Trump associates whose contacts with Russians before the election are emerging as important factors in investigations by Congress and Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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.

Page said in his testimony that he had "very limited" interaction with Papadopoulos as a fellow Trump adviser. Page also testified that he was aware of Papadopoulos' meeting with a professor with links to the Kremlin, even as he had been invited to Moscow by another professor with connections to the Russian government.

"It was an idea", Page said, adding that it would have been similar to then-candidate Barack Obama's speech in Germany in 2008. He also said he did not know of anyone affiliated with the campaign making contact with Russians. The dossier alleged that the official told Page that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

It was just past year when Donald Trump personally singled out Carter Page, by name, as one of only a handful of people who were advising him on matters of foreign policy.

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

Page previous sued media outlets in Manhattan federal court over their use of the dossier for reports, and told lawmakers that he wanted to set the record straight.

However, near the end of his testimony he also mentioned that he had been warned against a January interview on MSNBC by then-White House strategist Steven Bannon for unknown reasons.

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