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Gazprom thinking that if they have a project, he could . . . rise up. Maybe he can. . . . [I]t's obvious that he wants to earn lots of money."[1] Podobnyy said that he had led Page on by "feed[ing] him empty promises" that Podobnyy would use his Russian business connections to help Page.[2] Podobnyy told the other intelligence officer that his method of recruiting foreign sources was to promise them favors and then discard them once he obtained relevant information from them."[3]

In 2015, Podobnyy and two other Russian intelligence officers were charged with conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of a foreign government.[4] The criminal complaint detailed Podobnyy's interactions with and conversations about Page, who was identified only as "Male-1."[5] Based on the criminal complaint's description of the interactions, Page was aware that he was the individual described as "Male-1."[6] Page later spoke with a Russian government official at the United Nations General Assembly and identified himself so that the official would understand he was "Male-1" from the Podobnyy complaint.[7] Page told the official that he "didn't do anything" Grand Jury .[8]

In interviews with the FBI before the Office's opening, Page acknowledged that he understood that the individuals he had associated with were members of the Russian intelligence services, but he stated that he had only provided immaterial non-public information to them and that he did not view this relationship as a backchannel.[9] Page told investigating agents that "the more immaterial non-public information I give them, the better for this country."[10]

b. Origins of and Early Campaign Work

In January 2016, Page began volunteering on an informal, unpaid basis for the Trump Campaign after Ed Cox, a state Republican Party official, introduced Page to Trump Campaign officials.[11] Page told the Office that his goal in working on the Campaign was to help candidate Trump improve relations with Russia.[12] To that end, Page emailed Campaign officials offering his thoughts on U.S.-Russia relations, prepared talking points and briefing memos on Russia, and

  1. Buryakov Complaint.
  2. Buryakov Complaint.
  3. Buryakov Complaint.
  4. See Buryakov Complaint; see also Indictment, United States v. Buryakov, 1:15-cr-73 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 9, 2015), Doc. 10; Grand Jury 
  5. Buryakov Complaint. ¶¶ 32-34 Grand Jury 
  6. Grand Jury 
  7. Page 3/16/17 302; at 4 Grand Jury 
  8. Page 3/16/17 302; at 4 Grand Jury 
  9. Page 3/30/17 302, at 6; Page 3/31/17 302, at 1.
  10. Page 3/31/17 302, at 1.
  11. Page 3/16/17 302, at 1; Grand Jury 
  12. Page 3/10/17 302, at 2.