Schiff says Trump aims to disparage Russian Federation probe

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Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump as he ran for president a year ago, 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.

Under questioning from Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the committee's senior Democrat, Page said he sent a memo to the Trump campaign stating that "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 global problems".

"Number one, there could be risks that the information is not comprehensive", said Page, under questioning from the panel's top Democrat, Adam Schiff of California.

Sessions' discussion with Page will fuel further scrutiny about what the attorney general knew about connections between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation - and communications about Russian Federation that he did not disclose despite a persistent line of questioning in three separate hearings this year.

The full 243-page document is below. "He also admitted notifying the fact of his meetings to his campaign supervisors".

MR. PAGE: There has been - again, great feedback and positive feelings were expressed in public forums and even just reading the newspaper in Russian that there was hope for the future.

His appearance generated extra attention on Capitol Hill after the disclosure of a guilty plea by another Trump campaign foreign policy aide, George Papadopoulos.

In his July 2016 note, Page wrote that Dvorkovich had "expressed strong support for Mr. Trump and a desire to work together toward devising better solutions in response to a vast range of current global problems".


Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a leading member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has confronted the Attorney General in two hearings this year about his communications with individuals with connections to the Russian government in the context of concerns that members of the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin in its efforts to elect Donald Trump.

"You have them both reporting back to the campaign, you have the campaign deceiving the public about their knowledge of these things", Schiff said."So I hardly think that these are coincidental".

Reuters reported on Monday that the committee would hold a hearing with Sessions next week.

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.

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

Schiff said it's impossible to say whether Russian interference in the election almost a year ago is the reason Republican Donald Trump won the presidency over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Page also acknowledged that he solicited suggestions for his Moscow speech from the campaign.

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

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