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Carter Page Coordinated Russia Trip with Top Trump Campaign Officials

09 November 2017, 01:01 | Simon Arnold

Exclusive: Carter Page testifies he told Sessions about Russia trip

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Page's testimony also revealed that more campaign staff members were aware of his July 2016 trip to Russian Federation than had previously been disclosed, including Jeff Sessions, who is now the attorney general.

"In April, [former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos] met with a professor who promised "dirt" on Hillary Clinton from the Russians - have you seen any evidence that this 'dirt, ' that these emails were ever given to the Trump campaign?" "So yeah, he probably should come back, and answer the question yet again 'did you know anything about an effort by the Trump campaign to meet with Russia, not just collude with Russia, '" Graham told said on Fox News Sunday. Another ex-campaign aide who had extensive Russian contacts pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about them.

Both men served on a campaign foreign policy advisory committee under the supervision of then-Sen.

Democratic lawmakers charge Attorney General Jeff Sessions was inconsistent with details on the campaign's relationship with Russian Federation. It had previously been reported he testified to telling Jeff Sessions of his trip.

Page's eight-hour testimony, under oath, to members of the House Intelligence Committee on November 2 came the same week as the first charges were announced in the special counsel's investigation into ties between Trump's campaign and Russian officials.

In a letter sent Tuesday, the lawmakers note that one of the Trump campaign's foreign policy advisers, George Papadopoulos, acknowledged to FBI investigators that he told several Trump campaign officers about his outreach to the Russian Federation government.

The lead Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Congressman Adam Schiff, said Page's public remarks prior to his appearance before the panel that his trip to Moscow was as a private citizen were undercut by his congressional testimony.

An indictment of Trump's ex-campaign chairman shows Mueller investigators used money laundering and other statutes to bring a case. He also admitted notifying the fact of his meetings to his campaign supervisors. He called the Russian Federation investigation a "witch hunt that was sparked by the dodgy dossier in the months prior to November 2016".

In his testimony, Page acknowledged meeting with numerous senior individuals from Russian energy companies Rosneft and Gazprom in Moscow in July and December, according to an NBC News review of the transcript.

But legal experts say those words on their own don't fully explain how Trump campaign aides who have had contact with Russian agents might actually be prosecuted.

"I'm not going to deny that I talked with him", Page said in March on MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes".

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