Carter Page was not the only Trump campaign adviser invited to a July 2016 event at the University of Cambridge, the storied British institution where “Spygate” is believed to have originated.
The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned that an invitation to attend the campaign-themed event was extended to Stephen Miller, another Trump campaign adviser who currently serves in the White House. Miller did not attend the event, which featured former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as a keynote speaker.
J. D. Gordon, the director of the campaign’s national security advisory committee, told TheDCNF he believes the invitation from Cambridge to Miller was sent in May 2016. That’s a month before a graduate assistant of FBI informant Stefan Halper sent an invitation to Page to visit the campus.
“The invitation was to Stephen Miller who could not attend,” Gordon, a former Pentagon spokesman, told TheDCNF. “In the midst of our policy office search for a surrogate, Carter Page informed me that he had also been invited and would like to attend.”
Gordon said he told Page the campaign preferred he did not attend the Cambridge conclave.
“Though since he wasn’t planning to make public remarks, conduct media interviews or otherwise represent the campaign, he was not required to fill in one of our request forms.”
Gordon said Miller, a former Senate aide to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, passed the Cambridge request to John Mashburn, a campaign policy adviser. Mashburn gave it to Gordon.
The three-day Cambridge conclave was where Page first met Halper, a former Cambridge professor who turned out to have also been working for the FBI as part of a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.
Page, an energy consultant, has said Halper, a veteran of three Republican administrations, offered advice about the campaign during a brief chat on the sidelines of the event.
The pair met numerous times over the course of the next 14 months, Page told TheDCNF. He visited Halper’s farm in Virginia and met with the 73-year-old academic in Washington, D.C. They stayed in contact through September 2017, the same month the U.S. government’s surveillance warrants against Page expired.
Halper, who has longstanding connections to the CIA, met with at least two other Trump campaign advisers — Sam Clovis and George Papadopoulos.
Clovis met with Halper once for coffee on Sept. 1, 2016 at a Washington-area hotel. Halper met Papadopoulos over the course of several days in mid-September 2016 in London. Halper paid Papadopoulos’s airfare and hotel stay in London. He also paid the young campaign aide $3,000 to write a policy paper on Mediterranean energy issues.
But the meetings were just cover for Halper’s work as an informant.
During one dinner with Papadopoulos, Halper asked whether the campaign adviser knew anything about Russians hacking Democrats’ emails. Papadopoulos, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his interactions with another professor, dismissed Halper’s question. Papadopoulos’s wife, Simona Mangiante, told TheDCNF that Halper grew frustrated at Papadopoulos’s response.
It is unclear if Miller was a target in Halper’s operation, which President Donald Trump has dubbed “Spygate.”
It is also not known whether anyone else at Cambridge was aware of Halper’s activities. Another mystery is whether Halper purposely arranged for Page to visit the symposium as part of the spy operation, or whether it sprung to action when Page showed up.
Just days before his trip to Cambridge, Page had given a speech at the New Economic School in Moscow. That visit reportedly raised red flags for American authorities.
Steven Schrage, a former State Department official who organized the Cambridge event, has not responded to inquiries sent to his Cambridge email address.
Neither Halper nor the White House responded to requests for comment.
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