Former Trump adviser called himself adviser to Kremlin in 2013 letter: Time

Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page referred to himself as an “advisor to the staff of the Kremlin” in a 2013 letter to an academic publisher, Time magazine reported Saturday.

The publication reported that it had obtained the 2013 letter sent during a dispute about edits on a manuscript Page had written.

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“Over the past half year, I have had the privilege to serve as an informal advisor to the staff of the Kremlin in preparation for their Presidency of the G-20 Summit next month, where energy issues will be a prominent point on the agenda,” Page wrote, according to Time.

Page told Time that during 2013 he “sat in on and contributed to a few roundtable discussion with people from around the world,” starting when a Russian representative visited the United Nations in New York that year.

The former Trump adviser called the meetings “really plain-vanilla stuff” and provided Time with a briefing document written by a Russian trade diplomat about the country’s priorities for a 2013 summit.

“Does that make me an evil villain, as some of your sources would like to have you think?” Page told Time.

The former Trump campaign adviser has been at the center of a GOP memo released Friday that alleges the Department of Justice used information from the so-called Steele dossier to obtain a surveillance warrant on Page.

Page testified before the House Intelligence Committee last year in the panel’s probe into Russia's election interference, telling lawmakers he suggested that Trump visit Russia during the campaign.

The then-adviser made the trip to Russia instead, and briefly met with a senior Russian government official.

Page said that he had notified top Trump campaign officials about his trip to Russia, including then-Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPress: Why does Scott Pruitt still have a job? DOJ announces M grant to cover costs associated with Parkland shooting ‘Morning Joe’ host: Trump tweeting during Barbara Bush funeral ‘insulting’ to US MORE (R-Ala.) and then-campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiLewandowski to House Intel Dems: 'I'm not answering your f---ing question': report Trump quietly hosting private White House dinner parties: report Lewandowski suggests reporter took his photo album MORE.

Page has denied any wrongdoing related to Russia and has not been charged with any crimes.