Russia tried to use Trump advisers to influence election

Mandy Carr
April 23, 2017

On Friday, the CNN broadcaster reported, citing undisclosed sources, that Donald Trump's former adviser Carter Page may have been unaware of talking to Russian intelligence officers allegedly trying to infiltrate Trump's campaign.

Page has resurfaced in headlines at several points since the 2016 election - most recently last week, when he declared that he could not "definitively" say that he never discussed U.S. sanctions with any Russian official.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Page had been in contact with a Russian spy back in 2013.

Page, who left the campaign in September, appeared in the "Trump Dossier" created by a former British intelligence operative working for a USA political research group.

The second lawsuit is seeking documents related to the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign actively assisted or coordinated with Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 presidential race.

As CNN first reported, Carter Page's critical speech of U.S. policy against Russia in July 2016 at a prominent Moscow university drew the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and raised concerns he had been compromised by Russian intelligence. (2) Further, Page met with Russian oil company Rosneft, and CEO Igor Sechin (a Putin ally) dangled a 19% share of Rosneft in front of Page in exchange for him pushing to lift USA sanctions on Russia.

Smerconish asked Page again to directly confirm or deny the report. "And if there was any meddling in the election, all of the false narrative that has been out there is really the ultimate meddling, if you look at the - by comparison - overall impact".

The CNN host continued the line of questioning on Russian Federation and the election: "Unless you tell me, 'Hell yes!"

"Washington and other Western capitals have impeded potential progress through their often hypocritical focus on ideas such as democratization, inequality, corruption and regime change", Page told the gathered audience.

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"I care about the negative hands that were all over this thing", Page replied. "United States law enforcement and intelligence officials have said USA investigators did their own work, separate from the dossier, to support their findings that Russian Federation tried to meddle in the 2016 presidential election in favour of Trump".

"Nearly 100 days into President Trump's term, there are more questions than answers about the president and his associates' contacts with Russia", Austin Evers, director of American Oversight, said in a statement.

Page, an oil industry consultant who has done a lot of work with Russian Federation in the past, was named a foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump during the election. "There certainly were many tries, and I think the dodgy dossier is the ultimate try and swing and a miss thus far, but we'll see what happens".

On the same day the Times put its new information on the FBI investigation into print, Reuters reported that a Russian think tank comprised of former Russian intelligence officers had drafted, at the Kremlin's request, a plan for interfering in the 2016 US presidential election.

The FBI later got a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (Fisa) to monitor Mr Page's communications.

Carter Page seems to be at the heart of the collusion story. "This is according to several US officials". "You never met Mr. Trump, nor did you ever "advise" Mr. Trump about anything". They insisted he played a junior role and was not an influential figure. However, in a letter Page wrote to the House Intelligence Committee when offering to testify, he claimed he had "spent many hours in campaign headquarters".

To be clear, the meetings took place two years before Trump entered the presidential race.

But Page has denied collecting intelligence for Russian Federation. It also alleges Page discussed sanctions and business opportunities with the Russian officials.

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