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Attorney Work Product // May Contain Material Protected Under Fed. R. Crim. P. 6(e)

proposed that candidate Trump meet with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.[1]

In communications with Campaign officials, Page also repeatedly touted his high-level contacts in Russia and his ability to forge connections between candidate Trump and senior Russian governmental officials. For example, on January 30, 2016, Page sent an email to senior Campaign officials stating that he had "spent the past week in Europe and ha[d] been in discussions with some individuals with close ties to the Kremlin" who recognized that Trump could have a "game-changing effect . . . in bringing the end of the new Cold War."[2] The email stated that "[t]hrough [his] discussions with these high level contacts," Page believed that "a direct meeting in Moscow between Mr[.] Trump and Putin could be arranged."[3] Page closed the email by criticizing U.S. sanctions on Russia.[4] Grand Jury 

On March 21, 2016, candidate Trump formally and publicly identified Page as a member of his foreign policy team to advise on Russia and the energy sector.[6] Over the next several months, Page continued providing policy-related work product to Campaign officials. For example, in April 2016, Page provided feedback on an outline for a foreign policy speech that the candidate gave at the Mayflower Hotel,[7] see Volume I, Section IV.A.4, infra. In May 2016, Page prepared an outline of an energy policy speech for the Campaign and then traveled to Bismarck, North Dakota, to watch the candidate deliver the speech.[8] Chief policy advisor Sam Clovis expressed appreciation for Page's work and praised his work to other Campaign officials."[9]

c. Carter Page's July 2016 Trip To Moscow

Page's affiliation with the Trump Campaign took on a higher profile and drew the attention of Russian officials after the candidate named him a foreign policy advisor. As a result, in late April 2016, Page was invited to give a speech at the July 2016 commencement ceremony at the

  1. See, e.g., 1/30/16 Email, Page to Glassner et al.; 3/17/16 Email, Page to Clovis (attaching a "President's Daily Brief" prepared by Page that discussed the "severe degradation of U.S.-Russia relations following Washington's meddling" in Ukraine); Grand Jury 
  2. 1/30/16 Email, Page to Glassner et al.
  3. 1/30/16 Email, Page to Glassner et al.
  4. 1/30/16 Email, Page to Glassner et al.
  5. Grand Jury 
  6. A Transcript of Donald Trump's Meeting with the Washington Post Editorial Board, Washington Post (Mar, 21, 2016); Grand Jury 
  7. Grand Jury 
  8. Grand Jury 
  9. See, e.g., 3/28/16 Email, Clovis to Lewandowski et al. (forwarding notes prepared by Page and stating, "I wanted to let you know the type of work some of our advisors are capable of.").