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.
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.
Carter Page, who had long stated his July 2016 trip to Moscow was personal, told the committee Thursday that he informed Corey Lewandowski, then Trump's campaign manager, about an invitation to visit with Russian officials and that Lewandowski approved as long as it was "not affiliated with the campaign", according to Page's testimony released Monday night.
Page admitted he met with Russian officials and discussed the US election "in general terms".
"I mentioned it briefly to Senator Sessions as I was walking out the door (of a Republican club on Capitol Hill)", Carter testified.
The House Intelligence panel, in a closed-door session on Tuesday, is questioning Keith Schiller, Trump's former head of Oval Office operations, until he left in September. Al Franken, D-Minn. 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.
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In one email to fellow campaign aides, Page suggested that Trump perhaps take his place and travel to Moscow "to raise the temperature a little bit" and, in another, he asked how campaign officials would "prefer me to focus" his remarks. "I can not recall the precise words I said, but it was sort of best wishes, and, you know, that's about it".
Page had previously said he made the trip in a private capacity, unrelated to the Trump campaign.
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. The professor told Papadopoulos that the Russians had "dirt" on then-candidate Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails". Page then traveled back to Russian Federation after Election Day previous year.
Gordon said he does not recall the email but that he had discouraged Page from going to Moscow.
Page's disclosure increases the pressure on Sessions ahead of a hearing scheduled for next week before the House Judiciary Committee. "He also admitted notifying the fact of his meetings to his campaign supervisors". 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.
The transcript shows Page, a Navy veteran who worked for a time in Moscow as an energy consultant, was at times combative and evasive in response to committee questions.