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08 November 2017, 12:35 | Rufus Hill
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Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump, testified to US lawmakers that he met with a Russian deputy prime minister on two trips to Moscow in 2016 and consulted with senior Trump campaign staff about one visit.
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.
"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.
But on Thursday, Page told the House Intelligence Committee that he spoke to Sessions at a dinner in Washington, DC, in June 2016 about an upcoming trip he was making to Russian Federation. She set the Monday hearing to decide that question.
Page admitted he met with Russian officials and discussed the USA election "in general terms".
Just that brief greeting that I mentioned.
About 64 percent now say the investigation into Russian influence is a serious matter that should be fully investigated.
In his testimony, Page said he has been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation about Russian Federation and the election four or five times this year.
The poll comes one week after the first charges were filed in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's potential ties to Russian Federation.
Page was interviewed for seven hours last Thursday by members of the House of Representatives' Intelligence committee, which is probing Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion by Trump campaign officials.
"I'm working on my lawsuit tonight that will get to the bottom of the real interference in the 2016 election, by the [United States government]".
Page requested that the committee make the transcript of his remarks public. "He also admitted notifying the fact of his meetings to his campaign supervisors".
Democrats want to question Sessions because, in October, he told the Senate Judiciary Committee that a continuing exchange between the Trump campaign and Russian government intermediaries "did not happen, at least not to my knowledge and not with me".
"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. Sessions shot the proposal down and said "no one should talk about it", claimed J.D. Gordon, a former Trump campaign adviser who said he was present during the meeting.
Gordon said he does not recall the email but that he had discouraged Page from going to Moscow.
The letter was signed by every Democratic member of the committee.
The charges are part of Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian efforts to tilt the 2016 election in Trump's favor and potential collusion by Trump associates, allegations that Moscow and the Republican president deny.
The case of Page, an energy consultant and graduate of the Naval Academy, has attracted scrutiny since he was named an adviser to the campaign in March 2016.
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