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Trump campaign approved Carter Page's Russia trip, on one condition

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Then-campaign staffer Carter Page was told he could make the trip as a private citizen. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

President Trump's campaign team granted permission for then-adviser on national security issues Carter Page to visit Moscow last July where he delivered a speech criticizing U.S. sanctions against Russia.

Page on Tuesday confirmed that a representative of the Trump campaign approved the trip in June, telling him he could make the trip as a private citizen, not a representative of the campaign.

"I'm confirming that information," Page said, according to a report in USA Today. Page did not share the name of the individual who gave the green light.

Page was first exposed last month as one of four Trump campaign members who had contact with Russia during the election. Shortly afterward, PBS host Judy Woodruff asked Page if he had had any meetings last year with Russian officials inside or outside Russia. Page said no.

Page is a former Merrill Lynch investment banker who has stated he spent three years in Moscow arranging energy deals. A recent Politico story found no evidence of his work history doing such a job in Russia.

During his trip to Russia last summer, Page stayed for three days and met with scholars and professors following his graduation speech.

Page added that he was not aware of having spoken to any Russian intelligence officials, but that it was "possible" he could have spoken to a Russian military veteran but did not know it at the time.

Page said he did not talk about U.S. sanctions on Russia, though he is on the record opposing the Crimea sanctions. He did not deny talking about the U.S. presidential election.

The former campaign member left the team in September after it became public that he had given a speech in Moscow that went against current U.S. foreign policy.

Later in February, Page and J.D. Gordon, both staffers on Trump's national security advisory committee, said they had spoken with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at a diplomacy conference in Cleveland.

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has asked Page to hold onto all material related to his trip to Russia as the committee investigates whether Russia, whose spies allegedly hacked Democratic officials' emails during the election, had colluded with Trump's campaign.