The House Intelligence Committee on Monday night released more than 200 pages of transcripts from its marathon interview of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, sprawling testimony that contained new details about the closely-scrutinized foreign policy aide’s relationship to Moscow.
The at-times tense interview — which took place behind closed doors last week — also highlighted an increasingly public partisan rift on the committee.
Page, who throughout sought to characterize himself as a scholar whose name has been unjustly defamed, told lawmakers that he suggested to his fellow foreign policy advisers that Trump could make a trip to Russia during the campaign.
In an email to J.D. Gordon, who was then running the campaign’s foreign policy advisory team, and Walid Phares, another foreign policy adviser on the campaign, Page suggested that then-candidate Trump could take a trip that he had scheduled to Moscow in his place.
“I got another idea,” Page wrote, according to an email read out by the committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffHouse Republicans growing impatient with Russia probe Intel Dem: Uranium One probe is an ‘orchestrated’ distraction House committees announce probe into Russia uranium deal MORE (Calif.). “If [Trump would] like to take my place and raise the temperature a little bit, of course I’d be more than happy to yield this honor to him.”