Carter Page held high-level meetings with pro-Putin Hungarian government: report

Carter Page held high-level meetings with pro-Putin Hungarian government: report
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Congressional investigators are examining former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page’s meetings with pro-Russia Hungarian officials leading up to the 2016 election, ABC News reported on Monday.

Page reportedly met in September 2016 in Budapest with Jeno Megyesy, a close adviser to the Hungarian prime minister who focuses on U.S. relations, Megyesy confirmed to ABC News.

Megyesy said he met with Page at the request of Réka Szemerkényi, the Hungarian ambassador to the United States. Megyesy did most of the talking, he said. 


“I had the impression he didn’t deal with these issues on a regular basis,” Megyesy said.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was the first foreign leader to endorse Trump’s candidacy.

Members of the House Intelligence Committee earlier this month interviewed Page about his relationship to Russia-linked officials. The committee is one of multiple congressional panels, in addition to the Justice Department special counsel, conducting probes into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

In his testimony, Page disclosed that he suggested Trump should travel to Russia during the 2016 campaign, voicing the idea to other campaign officials including then-Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Campaign Report: Runoff elections in Texas, Alabama set for Tuesday Sessions fights for political life in Alabama runoff The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Argentum - All eyes on Florida as daily COVID-19 cases hit 15K MORE (R-Ala.). 

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffStone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence Overnight Defense: US formally rejects Beijing's South China Sea claims | House set to consider defense policy bill next week | 57 injured as firefighters battle warship blaze Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to reopening schools MORE (D-Calif.) also asked Page in November about his trip to Budapest. Page told the committee he could not recall details of the meeting.