Schiff: 'Our democracy is under threat' from Trump, Russia
- Author: Rogelio Becker Nov 08, 2017,
Nov 08, 2017, 0:24
Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, refused last week to give a congressional committee documents related to the Russian Federation investigation because he said they might not all "match up" with information from earlier wiretaps that caught his conversations.
Page also told the panel he had informed some members of the Trump campaign about the trip, and he had planned to share information with them about what he had learned. Sessions was also among those on Team Trump who was notified of Page's July 2016 Moscow trip.
In numerous public interviews, Page has always denied he met with other Russian officials, notably with Igor Sechin, a Putin associate. Reporter: We now know the official he was referring to was actually the Russian deputy prime minister at the time page wrote that he, quote, ex??ressed 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.
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.
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. Clovis's decision came just days after court filings indicated that he may have encouraged President Trump's campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos to set up meetings with Russians for the Trump campaign.
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 a year ago.
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.
Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to making false statements and "material omissions" to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about numerous communications he had with allies of the Russian government, according to a criminal statement unsealed last week.
"Were you being honest in your communication with the campaign?" the top Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, asked Page.
Page also acknowledged to members of Congress that he has had at least four meetings with the FBI related to the Russian Federation investigation.
After first asserting that he didn't meet with senior Russian officials during the trip, he later acknowledged that he spoke with deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich.
"I hadn't watched Russian TV for many years, but watching Russian TV in my few days in Moscow there", Page said.
"It was an idea", Page said, adding that it would have been similar to then-candidate Barack Obama's speech in Germany in 2008. The dossier alleged that the official told Page that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton. 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.
Trump has said he does not recall ever speaking to Page.
It was just previous 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. The Russia collusion reached the highest levels of the campaign, and the White House is trying to cover-up the facts.