BuzzFeed News was the first to report that Carter Page, an energy consultant who worked for the Trump campaign, first came in contact with Russian intelligence operative Victor Podobnyy at an energy conference in NY in January 2013 and subsequently "met with, e-mailed with, and provided documents to [Podobnyy] about the energy business", according to a sealed F.B.I. complaint. One of those sources is listed as "Male-1".
Last month, Page, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, told reporters he had been contacted by the Senate Intelligence Committee and told to preserve records and communications. Page was quickly cut from the Trump team following reports that federal investigators were probing his ties to Russian officials. So your conclusion is correct: "no mention of any such extraneous details".
The case against Yevgeny Buryakov, who U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement said was sent back to Russia on April 5, has also offered a glimpse into some of the ongoing federal investigations of possible collusion between Russian officials and aides of now U.S. President Donald Trump. "For now his enthusiasm works for me".
While the effort was ultimately unsuccessful as the Federal Bureau of Investigation broke up the spy ring in 2015, the meetings between Page and the Russian intelligence officers constitute one of the most substantive ties to date between a member of the Trump camp and Russian intelligence.
Page said in a statement that he gave Podobnyy "nothing more than a few samples" from detailed lectures he gave at New York University for a course about energy markets and politics. "You promise him a favor for a favor".
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In response to the Post story, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said "we are not aware of any meetings" and a Prince spokesman said the meeting "had nothing to do with President Trump". From January-June 2013, Page met with, emailed with, and "provided documents to [Podobnyy] about the energy business", according to the criminal complaint.
In a statement released Tuesday, Page confirmed his role in the 2015 Justice Department spy case, adding another twist to the still unfolding story of Donald Trump's peculiar and expanding ties to people connected to Russian Federation. He worked under non-official cover for the Russian bank, Vnesheconombank.
The United States deported convicted spy Evgeny Buryakov to Russia Wednesday morning, CBS News' Andres Triay reports. "While Page's interactions with Podobnyy are a clear example of contact with a Russian spy, Page said in a statement that he believed Podobnyy was" a junior attaché at the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations". Rather, it appears they spoke in much the way business executives seeking opportunities do - with Page touting his work ties to the Russian energy firm Gazprom.
Page said in a statement released Monday that he helped USA federal investigators during the case, which led prosecutors to charge three Russians in connection with spying.
The FBI was unable to arrest Mr Podobnyy and Mr Sporyshev as they had left the United States by the time the trio were indicted. A source familiar with his case told ABC News "Mr. Buryakov has been released and is awaiting return to Russian Federation".