As the investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election continues, investigators are looking for information from one of President Trump’s campaign advisers, Carter Page.
Page, who was a foreign policy adviser to Trump when he was a candidate, was asked by congressional investigators to turn over records pertaining to Russian contacts and communications for the past seven years.
Here’s a look at who Page is and how he is connected to Trump.
Who is Carter Page?
Page, 46, is the founder and managing partner at Global Energy Capital LLC, an investment service company in New York. He was an investment banker for Merrill Lynch for seven years, having spent time in London and Moscow, in addition to New York, his biography on the company’s website said.
Page spent three years in Moscow, where he opened a Merrill Lynch office, according to his biography.
Much of Page’s life is relatively unknown. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and has an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
What is his connection to Trump?
Page is a former foreign policy adviser to Trump. He left the campaign after only a few months as his connections to Russian officials were questioned. He was also mentioned in the unverified dossier.
White House officials have sought to downplay the role he played in the campaign.
“I did nothing that could even possibly be viewed as helping them in any way,” Page has told Fox News about his conversations with Russian officials.
Foreign Policy reported in April 2017 that Russian intelligence agents once unsuccessfully tried to recruit Page as a spy in 2013. Page has contended that any information he shared with Russians was nothing more than “the same energy documents that [he] sent [and] gave” to his students at NYU.
Trump has publicly defended Page. In May 2017, Trump accused congressional Democrats of blocking the former campaign adviser from testifying.
“So now it’s reported that the Democrats, who have excoriated Carter Page about Russia, don’t want him to testify. He blows away their case against him [and] now wants to clear his name by showing ‘the false or misleading testimony by James Comey, John Brennan…’ Witch hunt!” Trump wrote in a pair of tweets.
What has happened in congressional inquiries?
Page has testified before a congressional committee that he had contact with a high-level Russian official while on a trip to Russia in 2016, according to transcripts of the hearing. During the trip, Page said he “briefly said hello” to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.
Page also testified that he had alerted then-Sen. Jeff Sessions – now the U.S. attorney general – of the trip he took to Russia, contradicting previous testimony given by Sessions. Sessions told the Senate Intelligence Committee in July that he wasn’t aware if Page traveled to Russia.
Additionally, Page testified that he did not have information about Russian election interference.