Rep. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffHouse Republicans growing impatient with Russia probe Intel Dem: Uranium One probe is an "orchestrated" distraction House committees announce probe into Russia uranium deal MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday told The Associated Press that Russia and some of President Trump's policies are a threat to American democracy.
The House Intelligence Committee Monday night released a 243-page transcript of his lengthy appearance behind closed doors with its Russian Federation probe.
"In an email on July 8, Page told JD Gordon, a Trump campaign official, that he received "some incredible insights" from his meetings with:Russian legislators and a few members of the presidential administration", according to the testimony.
It's always been known that Page traveled to Moscow in July 2016, but he has said it was in his private capacity, unrelated to his role with the Trump campaign.
"During many public appearances prior to his November 2, 2017 testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in open session, Carter Page characterized his July 2016 trip to Russia as a private one in which his interactions with Russian individuals were largely confined to the 'man on the street, '" Schiff said. Page also mentioned the trip to campaign co-chair Sam Clovis, according to his testimony.
Page called the encounter "just a brief greeting".
In a statement Monday, Schiff said that Page had failed to produce the email to the committee before his interview, despite receiving a subpoena for documents.
The committee's Republican majority did not comment on the transcript Monday.
Asked about his email indicating he had discussed Trump's campaign in a private conversation with a Russian official, Page responded to The Washington Post via text message: "That is complete misinformation and/or misinterpretation". "I've played this nonsensical game long enough and am not interested in this latest round tonight", he said.
His testimony Thursday also contradicted previous comments by Jeff Sessions, now USA attorney general in the Trump administration, who was a top Trump campaign surrogate in 2016. Jeff Sessions, who is now the attorney general.
The Trump campaign was reaching out to Russian Federation and trying to collude.
Clovis was also the official named in information about the guilty plea of George Papadopoulos, another foreign policy adviser who admitted lying about his efforts to broker a meeting between Trump and Putin. When reporters began asking around previous year about his Moscow trip, campaign officials stressed he had no formal role in the campaign.
He said he was unaware at the time that Papadopoulos was making similar proposals for Trump to travel to Russian Federation, though he acknowledged he had received some of Papadopoulos' emails about Russian Federation.
At the Republican National Convention, Page told the committee that he spoke with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and the subject of US sanctions on Russia "may have briefly come up in some context".
That seems to confirm findings by former British spy Christopher Steele, who reported in his dossier that "official close to Presidential Administration Head, S. Ivanov, confided in a compatriot that a senior colleague in the Internal Political Department of the PA, Divyekin (nfd) also had met secretly with Page on his recent visit". He said he did not recall any discussion of hacked emails there. He details contacts with russians a trip to Moscow and what he told several other campaign officials about those contacts before and after the trip.
He also told the committee about a second trip to Moscow he took in December 2016 and said that he met with Russian and Kazakh nationals in London that same month.