Trump Campaign Adviser Gained 'Incredible Insights' During Moscow Trip

According to a from the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling, 79 percent of people who voted for President Trump say he should remain even if collusion is proven, and 75 percent said the entire Russian Federation story is "fake news".

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 disclosure increases the pressure on Sessions ahead of a hearing scheduled for next week before the House Judiciary Committee.

Page also wrote that he had been provided "incredible insights and outreach" by Russian lawmakers and "senior members" of Russian President Vladimir Putin's administration during the trip. They raised a series of questions and said they won't relent until he provides more information about his real estate and insurance policies.

The transcript of the six-hour interview confirms that Page invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege against turning over to the panel certain documents - including those involving his July 2016 trip to Russian Federation - for two reasons.

Page also acknowledged that in June 2016 he mentioned "in passing" to then-Senator Jeff Sessions, a Trump foreign policy adviser, that he might be taking a trip to Moscow - but that it wasn't connected to his unpaid role in the campaign.

Under questioning from Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the committee's senior Democrat, Page said he sent a memo to the Trump campaign stating that "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".

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There is also growing concern about the ongoing investigations into Russian election interference, the poll shows.

Tapper was asking Feinstein about revelations this week that former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he was in talks with a London-based professor with Kremlin connections who claimed in April 2016 to have learned that the Russian government had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands" of her emails.

With his Russian Federation ties under scrutiny, Page said in September 2016 that he was taking a leave from the campaign.

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

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

Page's Russian contacts did not end on his return from Moscow. He said he did not recall any discussion of hacked emails there. "Near the end of the dinner, Page approached Sessions to say hello and thanked the then-senator for the dinner, and Page also mentioned he was headed to Russian Federation".

Page characterized his July 2016 trip to Russia as a "private" trip and said his interactions with Russians were largely confined to the "man on the street", Schiff said in a statement Monday night.

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