Trump adviser Page describes meeting with Russian official during 2016 campaign

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Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, refused last week to give a congressional committee documents related to the Russian Federation investigation because he said they might not all "match up" with information from earlier wiretaps that caught his conversations.

The New York Times first reported that Page notified campaign officials about his meetings in Moscow, but the transcript, which is more than 200 pages long, discloses the names of those advisers - Tera Dahl and J.D. Gordon - and the identity of the Russian official, Dvorkovich.

In testimony made public on Monday, Page initially said he did not meet with any senior Russian officials during a trip in July 2016 but later said he "briefly" greeted Russian deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich, and saw him again at a dinner in December 2016. "Just 34% approve of the way Trump is handling that investigation, 54% disapprove, though that represents an improvement since August, when 59% disapproved".

"Unfortunately, I am the biggest embarrassment surrounding the campaign", he told the panel.

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. The two were announced as Trump advisers on the same day in March 2016.

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.

Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House's Intelligence committee, said Page's testimony showed that his denials of formal meetings with senior Russian officials were inaccurate.

He added that the information already had been "illegally hacked from my computer systems" and "based on some of these proceedings of the past year will not match up".

In the document, Mueller said his team was in talks with Manafort's counsel about striking a bail agreement but that Manafort had not provided enough detail yet on his finances. "The National Security Agency, CIA and Federal Bureau of Investigation have infinitely greater data processing capabilities than do I". Page's testimony also revealed that more campaign staff members were aware of his July 2016 trip to Russian Federation than had previously been disclosed, including Jeff Sessions, who is now the attorney general.

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.

"In a private conversation, 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", Page wrote, according to Schiff.

Trump has said he does not recall ever speaking to Page.

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