Trump campaign adviser Page met Russian officials in 2016 Moscow trip

Posted November 06, 2017

A foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign met Russian government officials a year ago, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing testimony he gave this week to a USA congressional committee.

"It will come out", he said.

That 2016 offer was revealed Monday, when Special Counsel Robert Mueller unsealed court documents relating to his investigation of Russian efforts to influence the election. Papadopoulos told the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to court documents, that in a national security meeting attended by Trump and campaign advisers, he "in sum and substance" said that "he had connections that could help arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and President Putin".

Last month he reiterated he did not know of any Trump campaign official having contact with Russian officials - a claim Senate Democrats are pushing back on.

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Another Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, suggested during a campaign foreign policy meeting in march 2016 that he had "connections that could help arrange a meeting" between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sessions has been quiet on his involvement at the session, despite being asked about it multiple times during several appearances on Capitol Hill.

"He heard him out", JD Gordon, a campaign national security adviser who attended the March 31, 2016 meeting, told CNN Thursday.

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.

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"I don't know", Trump told reporters Friday on the White House lawn as he prepared to board Marine One for the first leg of trip to Asia.

CNN reported Wednesday that Trump did not dismiss the idea of arranging a meeting with Russia's president when it was suggested in a meeting with his campaign foreign policy advisers past year.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican member of the Judiciary Committee, said it makes sense to ask Sessions to clarify the chain of events and how he reconciles it with his testimony before the committee.

A source at the Department of Justice confirmed to HuffPost that Sessions spoke out against the idea.

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"I would think that Carter page aspect of this is... troubling", Wallace said. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. "There were questions that elicited exactly the kind of information that the Papadopoulos plea agreement made".