'Disturbing' Ties Between Trump Adviser and Russia: Report

Carter Page may be meeting with Russian officials about lifting sanctions
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2016 10:43 AM CDT
Trump Adviser Investigated for Ties to Russian Government
Carter Page, an possible adviser to Donald Trump, speaks at the graduation ceremony for the New Economic School in Russia over the summer.   (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

US intelligence officials are investigating a man who may or may not be a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump and who may or may not be meeting with senior officials in the Russian government, Yahoo News reports. Carter Page—a businessman with a multitude of ties to Russia—was named by Trump as part of his "foreign policy team." That was downgraded by a spokesperson last month to "informal foreign adviser" and again this week to "has no role" in the campaign. Regardless, sources tell Yahoo there's evidence Page has been talking with officials in Moscow about lifting US sanctions on Russia if Trump is elected president.

Top-ranking lawmakers briefed on Page's activities were reportedly "taken aback." Sen. Harry Reid says there is evidence of "significant and disturbing ties" between the Trump campaign and Russian government. Sources say Page's activities could compromise US foreign policy, and a US law enforcement official tells Yahoo, "It's being looked at." Page has made "provocative public comments" against US policy and in support of Putin while in Moscow. He says the US is hurting profits in Russia because of its "hypocritical focus on ideas such as democratization, inequality, corruption, and regime change." "He was pretty much a brazen apologist for anything Moscow did," one US official has said. Read the full story here. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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