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Report: Carter Page to Plead Fifth in Senate Russia Probe

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By    |   Tuesday, 10 October 2017 09:01 PM

Former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page reportedly told the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday that he would not testify in its Russia investigation — months after asking House investigators for an open session to publicly present his case.

Page, a former naval officer and energy consultant, plans to plead the Fifth in testimony before the Senate panel, Politico reports, citing "a source familiar with the matter."

Page did not immediately respond to a request for comment, Politico reports, while an intelligence committee spokesman declined to comment.

In also was not clear whether the Intelligence Committee had formally subpoenaed Page to testify, according to the report.

The panel has interviewed several current White House officials, including Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and top adviser, and also Donald Trump Jr., the president's son.

Page came under fire last year after reports that he had met with top associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow earlier in 2016.

He denied those meetings had occurred — and has also accused the Obama administration for putting him under "illegitimate" surveillance.

Earlier this year, however, news reports disclosed that Page was once under FBI investigation for a contract he had with a Russian intelligence operative in New York City in 2013, Politico reports.

Page was not charged with a crime, and the association took place years before he became involved with the Trump campaign.

In May, Page approached the House Intelligence Committee — which is conducting its own Moscow probe — with a 23-page letter asking to testify in public session, though he claimed that he had "never done anything wrong in Russia."

"Although I understand that my forthcoming testimony might be held behind closed doors, I would request that some form of live public access may be allowed," Page told the committee.

"I understand that this continued inquiry stems from complete false allegations by transnational associates of the Clinton campaign who interfered with our democracy," he added.

"I have no personal information that the Russian government or anyone associated with it played any role in the 2016 U.S. election."

In June, Page also alleged to the Washington Examiner that his request to testify before Congress was being ignored.

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Former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page reportedly told the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday that he would not testify in its Russia investigation — months after asking House investigators for an open session to publicly present his case.
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