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Key Passage in Carter Page Testimony before House Intelligence Committee

08 November 2017

Research for the dossier, which Trump has derided, was funded by the campaign of Trump's 2016 opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic National Committee.

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.

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 USA election.

That disclosure, first reported last week, has led Democrats to accuse Sessions of misleading Congress in testimony under oath when he said he wasn't aware of Trump campaign contacts with Russians.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting its own investigation into Russian interference. Page told the committee that he had not worked with the Russians to hack emails or otherwise influence the election.

The answer to that seemingly unimportant question is suddenly a key element of the deepening scandal surrounding the campaign's contacts with Russia, following revelations that one member of the team, George Papadopoulos, communicated with Russians connected to the Kremlin.

Asked about the email, Page told lawmakers he did not mean that he had met with officials, but rather had learned of their views in local media, from scholars in Russian Federation and at a public speech given by Dvorkovich at a conference where Page was also speaking.Page said he had a "brief hello" with Dvorkovich. A photo showed Sessions also attended that campaign meeting, and a source told CNN that at the meeting, Sessions vetoed the proposed Trump-Putin sit-down.

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If the elder Flynn is indicted, it would be the first charges brought against someone who worked in the Trump White House. Jeff Sessions "is going to have a lot of difficulty" in the weeks ahead due to his false statements to Congress .

Feinstein is the top ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee and also serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has held a multitude of closed-door hearings into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.

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.

For months, Page has denied meeting with Russian government officials while in Moscow.

Page addressed some of the questions about those trips in more than seven hours of testimony last week to the House committee.

Page's Russian contacts did not end on his return from Moscow. Page also tells the panel he had informed some members of the Trump campaign about the trip and he had planned to share information with them about what he had learned. He said he discussed "foreign policy things" with the ambassador and that he had some "general" discussions of U.S. -Russia relations with she and other Hungarian officials - though he could recall few specifics.

Only 7 percent of Trump voters say they believe that members of the campaign team colluded with Russian Federation.

Key Passage in Carter Page Testimony before House Intelligence Committee