Trump campaign adviser Carter Page acknowledges meeting with senior Russian officials: transcript

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One of the members of the Trump campaign to come under scrutiny of the Russian Federation election interference investigation, volunteer Carter Page, testified to a House committee that he sought permission from senior campaign officials for a July 2016 trip to Moscow, NBC News reported.

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.

"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. Dianne Feinstein said Sunday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should come before the Senate again to clear up his statements about Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

The full 243-page document is below. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., then a key Trump supporter and now attorney general, and said he "probably" had told national campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis before leaving and definitely did so on his return.

Schiff called the Russian links to Papadopoulos and Page two parallel efforts by the Trump campaign to make contacts with Russian interests. But according to the transcript, he told lawmakers that he did indeed speak with members of the Russian government and state-owned businesses, including Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.

"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.

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. She set the Monday hearing to decide that question.

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In one email to fellow campaign aides, Page suggested that Trump perhaps take his place and travel to Moscow "to raise the temperature a little bit" and, in another, he asked how campaign officials would "prefer me to focus" his remarks.

"I'm not going to say whether it was a lie or not", Feinstein said.

"He didn't say yes and he didn't say no", the official said, declining to be more specific about Trump's response to Papadopoulos. Page said he had mentioned his upcoming trip to Sessions, who at the time was a senior policy adviser to the Trump campaign.

Page has often been contradictory about whom he met on the trip, but his testimony Thursday was under oath.

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

President Trump also calls the Russian Federation investigation a witch hunt and has repeatedly said there was no collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin.