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Ex-Trump adviser Carter Page says Russian spies tried to recruit him

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WASHINGTON — Former Trump presidential campaign adviser Carter Page confirmed he was the unnamed American consultant targeted for recruitment by Russian intelligence officers operating under diplomatic cover in a high-profile 2015 New York spy case.

Page said in a statement released Monday that he helped U.S. federal investigators during the case, which led prosecutors to charge three Russians in connection with spying.

Interactions between former Trump associates and Russia are the focus of congressional and federal investigations looking into allegations that Russia interfered with the U.S. election. Russia has denied the allegations. Page’s statement marked the first acknowledgment of an interaction between Russian intelligence operatives and an associate of the Trump presidential campaign. The encounter, though, took place before President Donald Trump’s campaign.

Two of the three Russians charged in the 2015 case were operating under diplomatic cover and evaded prosecution. The third, a New York-based Russian employee of the Russian state development bank, Vnesheconombank,or VEB, pleaded guilty to conspiring to act as an agent for the Russian Federation. He received 30 months in prison but recently received early release. He remains in U.S. custody pending deportation to Russia, according to a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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