Former Trump adviser Carter Page 'gave documents to Russian spy'

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Buryakov, 42, was sent to Russia on commercial flights, escorted by deportation officers and turned over to Russian authorities, U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE) said in a news release Wednesday.

The document is related to the 2015 case of Evgeny Buryakov, a Russian spy who worked undercover in the NY office of a Russian bank. Buryakov was convicted of espionage and released from federal prison just last week, a few months short of completing a 30-month sentence. He was freed from prison last week and ordered deported to Russian Federation.

Two of the three Russians charged in the 2015 case were operating under diplomatic cover and evaded prosecution.

The day after FBI Director James Comey confirmed the FBI investigation of potential ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign last month, Nunes announced to reporters that the communications of members of Trump's transition team were caught up in the surveillance.

Based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation complaint, it appears Page never realized his Russian contact worked on behalf of Moscow's intelligence services.

Buryakov was accused by federal prosecutors in 2015 of working for the Russian foreign intelligence service, known as the SVR, while employed by the state-owned Russian bank Vneshekonombank.

The case resurfaced in news accounts last week when President Trump's adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, acknowledged he had met with the head of the same bank in December.

Topic: While Page was running his energy-consulting business, he met Podobnyy at an energy symposium in New York City.

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In his statement, Page compared the revelation of his role to "the politically-motivated unmasking standards seen in the Obama Administration which have recently been exposed". "I looked at him as if he was one of my students", Page said. The U.S. government would go on to charge Podobnyy and two others for "acting as unregistered agents of a foreign government" in January 2015, after investigators cracked "a Russian spy ring that was seeking information on U.S. sanctions as well as efforts to develop alternative energy".

According to a summary of the allegations against the Russian spies, Page provided Podobnyy with his views on the future of the energy industry, as well as related documents.

Why did Kushner meet with a Russian banker whose bank is under USA sanctions?

The court filing said Page was interviewed in June 2013 by Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence agents.

"Any information I could give is, again, immaterial and all public information", he told ABC News during an interview Tuesday at a NY energy conference. "I also promised him a lot".

Page served as a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, leaving the team before the election.

Carter Page was an adviser to Donald Trump during his campaign. Page cooperated with the investigation. He previously was a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he focused on the Caspian Sea region and the economic development in former Soviet states. There are clear connections between this president - who the Russians helped put in the White House - and Moscow.

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