Michael Isikoff, the Chief Investigative Correspondent for Yahoo News, reported on September 23rd that a “western intelligence source” said that Carter Page, one of Trump’s national security advisors, met over the summer with two top Putin aides: Igor Sechin and Igor Diveykin. This story has now become even more important after the election.
The “western intelligence source” said in the meeting between Sechin and Page, Sechin “raised the issue of the lifting of sanctions.” Diveykin is a former Russian security official who now serves as deputy chief for internal policy and “is believed by U.S. officials to have responsibility for intelligence collected by Russian agencies about the U.S. election, the western intelligence source said.”
The Daily Beast reported on September 30th that,
In a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee this week, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) pressed the director on whether the FBI would investigate an American citizen who met with senior Russian government officials for a possible violation of the Logan Act, which bars private individuals from conducting foreign policy on behalf of the United States. Deutch didn’t initially mention Page, but Democrats want to know if he made promises to lift U.S. sanctions on Russia in a future Trump administration when Page was in Moscow last summer.
The question would then be not only did Page tell Sechin Trump would continue to push for removing the sanctions, but in response did Diveykin tell Page we have a strategy to help you with the election? What else would Page be discussing with the deputy chief believed to “have responsibility for intelligence collected by Russian agencies about the U.S. election?”