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Carter Page Takes the Fifth, Doesn't Turn Over Russia Documents

Carter Page Takes the Fifth, Doesn't Turn Over Russia Documents
Carter Page (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 02 November 2017 08:24 PM

Ex-Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page on Thursday didn't hand over documents House Russia investigators had subpoenaed, invoking his Fifth Amendment rights, Politico reported.

"I'm helping to the greatest extent I can," Page told reporters after exiting his closed-door interview with the House Intelligence Committee, which is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election, Politico reported.

Page was in the hearing room for more than six hours.

According to CNN, Page testified that he mentioned to Jeff Sessions "in passing" that he planned to travel to Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign — a conversation the now-Attorney General never mentioned to Congress.

Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, downplayed its significance.

"I don't make anything sinister out of it," he told CNN. "He said Sessions did not react or comment one way or the other. If I were Sessions, I wouldn't have recalled it either. It was just in passing. He was walking out of the room. A guy he had never met before, grabs him, 'Hey, I'm out on the team. I changed my travel plans to go to Russia.'"

CNN reported that several lawmakers from both parties described the Page session as meandering, at-times confusing and contradictory, and that Page didn't have a lawyer with him, which the lawmakers described as highly unusual.

Meanwhile, Politico said it wasn't clear what steps the panel would take to get the subpoenaed documents. The Senate Intelligence Committee has also issued him a subpoena.

In his brief post-testimony comments Thursday, Page instead focused on his outrage that he was included in a notorious dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steel; Politico reported in the unverified dossier, Page was described as an emissary for the Trump campaign to the Kremlin.

"Now that the truth is getting out there and the domestic propaganda which related to this has been resolved, the truth is now in the process of becoming known, and brighter days are ahead," Page said, Politico reported.

"It was great to have this discussion and have the opportunity to testify," he added.

Asked about his relationship with fellow campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials, Page told reporters: "I had nothing to do with any of that," Politico reported.

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Ex-Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page on Thursday didn't hand over documents House Russia investigators had subpoenaed, invoking his Fifth Amendment rights, Politico reported.
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