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08 November 2017, 12:51 | Floyd Cook
Both panels are investigating various aspects of Russian interference in the presidential campaign.
But Page, who declined to have an attorney present during the testimony to the House committee, said his trips to Russian Federation were "benign" and blasted the congressional investigations as a waste of time and money. The judge for their case, federal District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, said they may discuss Manafort's bail terms and a schedule for the trial at Monday's hearing. That theory rests largely on a dossier funded by the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee.
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.
Page's July 2016 trip to Moscow drew attention during the campaign, particularly after WikiLeaks released emails that had been hacked from the Democratic National Committee a few weeks later and Russian Federation became a controversial campaign topic.
J.D. Gordon, a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser who was at the March 2016 meeting, told Reuters that Papadopoulos indeed "made a pitch for meeting with Putin".
Page has often been contradictory about whom he met on the trip, but his testimony Thursday was under oath. 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. He maintained that his interaction with Dvorkovich consisted of a brief greeting, and that he had learned his views on the campaign while listening to Dvorkovich's public address.
Almost 80 percent of Trump voters said they think the president should stay in office even if collusion is proven between his campaign and Russian Federation, according to a survey released Tuesday, even while support among all voters for his impeachment hits a new high.
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. He offered no proof to support his allegations, but said that "nothing would directly incriminate me". Sessions has recused himself from Russian matters as head of the Justice Department because he was a top policy adviser during the Trump campaign.
"So yeah, he probably should come back, and answer the question yet again 'did you know anything about an effort by the Trump campaign to meet with Russia, not just collude with Russia, '" Graham told said on Fox News Sunday. He denies any wrongdoing and says that he has been the subject of a witch hunt.
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