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Report: Carter Page refuses to testify in front of Senate Intel panel in Russia probe

Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to President Trump during his campaign, told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday he will not testify in front of the committee as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and would plead the Fifth, a person with knowledge of the matter told Politico.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has privately met with several people connected to Trump, including his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, and is interested in interviewing people like Page to see if Russians infiltrated the campaign. It was reported last year that Page, a former naval officer, had meetings in Moscow with several high-level people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It's not clear if a formal request has been sent to Page asking him to testify, but the committee's chairman, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and vice chairman, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), have both said they will use subpoenas to compel any official or Trump associate who refuses to testify.