Trump adviser Page describes meeting with Russian official during 2016 campaign

Laura Christensen
November 9, 2017

It took place a long time ago.

Democratic lawmakers on the House judiciary committee intend to press Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his "inconsistencies" on the Trump campaign's Russian Federation connections when he appears before their committee next week.

"All I can tell you is this, there was no collusion, there was no nothing", he continued. Court documents filed on October 30 by Special Counsel Robert Mueller also revealed that former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos had proposed a meeting between then-candidate Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting Sessions attended.

Schiff called the Russian links to Papadopoulos and Page two parallel efforts by the Trump campaign to make contacts with Russian interests.

The latest revelations have increased scrutiny on Sessions, who previously came under fire for saying during his Senate confirmation hearing that he had no interactions with the Russians only to be later corrected that he met with Sergey Kislyak twice during the campaign, who was the Russian ambassador to the U.S. at the time.

But Sessions, who was a top surrogate for Trump during the campaign, did not disclose these discussions despite a persistent set of questions from Democrats and some Republicans about Russian Federation during multiple hearings on Capitol Hill.

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Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump as he ran for president previous year, told campaign aides he had gained "incredible insights" from Russian lawmakers and "senior members" of President Vladimir Putin's administration when he made a trip to Moscow in the midst of the US election.

The Democrats charge Sessions was inconsistent with details on the campaign's relationship with Russian Federation, saying he's contradicted his own sworn testimony several times, and want more details about the Papadopoulos statement.

"Sen. Franken, I'm not aware of any of those activities", Sessions said. On Friday, he told the New York Times that he said "a very brief hello to a couple of people", including a "senior person" who he later told CNN was Dvorkovich. Papadopoulos proposed meeting with Putin and Trump.

Last week Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators about his Russian Federation contacts during 2016. The filings indicate the former adviser is now co-operating with prosecutors in their investigation.

Nothing came of either proposal, and White House officials say both Page and Papadopoulos were insignificant aides on the campaign with few responsibilities or input.

A statement of offense released by Mueller stated that Papadopoulos and the associates discussed arranging meetings between the campaign and Russian government.

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