Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Are All Russia Ties Now Sinister, or Are Some Just Business?

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Are All Russia Ties Now Sinister, or Are Some Just Business?

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WASHINGTON * A former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump's campaign has acknowledged in testimony to Congress that he had contact with a high-level Russian official while on a trip to Russia last year, according to a transcript released Monday.

Carter Page, an unpaid adviser who left the campaign before Trump was elected, told the House intelligence committee last week that he "briefly said hello to" Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich when he traveled to Russia for a speech. Under repeated questions about the contact which he had at times denied in the past Page said that he had spoken to Dvorkovich after his July 2016 speech at Moscow's New Economic School.

"It was a very brief interaction. It was some nice pleasantries. I cannot recall the precise words I said, but it was sort of best wishes, and, you know, that's about it," Page said in response to several questions about the contact.

The testimony was part of the committee's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether it is linked to Trump's campaign. Page's trip raised questions just as the FBI began its counterintelligence investigation into the Russian meddling in the summer of 2016, and he has offered contradictory accounts about whom he met there at one point telling The Associated Press that he hadn't met with Dvorkovich. But his testimony on Thursday was under oath.

Page was interviewed in March for several hours as part of the FBI investigation, before special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to take it over. Page wouldn't answer questions about his contact with Mueller.

The House panel released on Monday the transcript from the closed-door interview with Page last week. Page was subpoenaed by the committee in early October. Parts of the transcript are redacted, even though lawmakers started the discussion by saying it would be unclassified.

Page told the panel he had informed some members of the Trump campaign, including then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, about the Russia trip. He said he mentioned in passing to Sessions, who is now attorney general, that he was preparing to visit Russia and Sessions "had no reaction whatsoever. …

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