Carter Page Coordinated Russia Trip with Top Trump Campaign Officials

Natalia Veselnitskaya the Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr in Trump Tower in June 2016

Democratic lawmakers on the House judiciary committee intend to press Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his "inconsistencies" on the Trump campaign's Russian Federation connections when he appears before their committee next week.

Lawmakers are expected to ask Schiller what he knows about Trump's 2013 trip to Moscow and a 35-page dossier that a former British intelligence officer wrote about Trump's behavior on the trip to visit the Miss Universe pageant. Investigators revealed Monday that Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to investigators in connection with the Russian Federation probe.

Both men served on a campaign foreign policy advisory committee under the supervision of then-Sen.

Sessions appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the former Alabama senator's confirmation hearing for attorney general.

He said he had told Jeff Sessions, now U.S. attorney general but at the time in 2016 the leader of the foreign policy team, that he was planning the Moscow trip to lecture at a university which invited him.

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As has been previously reported, Page acknowledged that he may with met with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich during the July 2016 trip. Sessions shot the proposal down and said "no one should talk about it", claimed J.D. Gordon, a former Trump campaign adviser who said he was present during the meeting.

The lead Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Congressman Adam Schiff, said Page's public remarks prior to his appearance before the panel that his trip to Moscow was as a private citizen were undercut by his congressional testimony. "In his testimony, however, he was forced to acknowledge that he communicated with high level Russian officials while in Moscow, including one of Russia's Deputy Prime Ministers". 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.

Schiff called the Russian links to Papadopoulos and Page two parallel efforts by the Trump campaign to make contacts with Russian interests. He called the Russian Federation investigation a "witch hunt that was sparked by the dodgy dossier in the months prior to November 2016".

Page's trip to Moscow has previously been disclosed, but in testimony before the House intel committee last week, the former adviser informed congressional investigators he had notified former campaign manager Corey Lewnadowski and White House communications director Hope Hicks of his travel to Russian Federation. "I might have said hello to a few people as they were walking by me at my graduation-the graduation speech that I gave in July, but no meetings".

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