Trump adviser sent email describing 'private conversation' with Russian official

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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.

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Lankford said Special Counsel Robert Mueller must be able to finish his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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Another adviser, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty in October to lying to federal agents about Russian contacts during the campaign.

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He wrote to Gordon and Tera Dahl, a former columnist at Breitbart, that he would send them a memo "regarding some incredible insights and outreach I've received from a few Russian legislators and senior members of the presidential administration here". 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.

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.

"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's testimony also revealed that more campaign staff members were aware of his July 2016 trip to Russian Federation than had previously been disclosed, including Jeff Sessions, who is now the attorney general.

Trump has said he does not recall ever speaking to Page.

In a letter sent Tuesday, the lawmakers note that one of the Trump campaign's foreign policy advisers, George Papadopoulos, acknowledged to FBI investigators that he told several Trump campaign officers about his outreach to the Russian Federation government.

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For months, Page has denied meeting with Russian government officials while in Moscow.

Schiff said it's impossible to say whether Russian interference in the election almost a year ago is the reason Republican Donald Trump won the presidency over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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

"If you'd like to go on your own, not affiliated with the campaign, you know, that's fine", Page recalled Lewandowski telling him about the trip. He said he discussed "foreign policy things" with the ambassador and that he had some "general" discussions of U.S. -Russia relations with she and other Hungarian officials - though he could recall few specifics.

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