Carter Page is a former Merrill Lynch banker and adviser to Russian state energy company Gazprom.
He served as an early foreign-policy adviser to Donald Trump, and has been under investigation for his communications with Russian officials during the campaign. In 2015, Page was actively recruited by Russian intelligence, which was exposed when the FBI arrested the Russian agents. Page has admitted to being in contact with one of these agents. In a March 2016 interview, Trump announced Page as one of his five foreign-policy advisers. In July 2016, Page traveled to Moscow, where he met with longtime Vladimir Putin ally Igor Sechin and top Putin aide Igor Diveykin. He gave a pro-Kremlin speech during this visit, and after he returned, he met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Page has “refused to reveal the substance of the conversation, citing a confidentiality agreement.” Page was subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee in the course of the Russia investigation, and he subsequently informed the committee that he intends to plead the Fifth. He has acknowledged meeting with Russian government officials. (Photo credit: Artyom Korotayev / Getty Images)