Former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page told House investigators on Thursday that he told Attorney General Jeff Sessions about his trip to Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a new CNN report.
During more than six hours of closed-door testimony, Page testified that he informed Sessions about his coming trip July 2016 trip to Russia.
“Back in June 2016, I mentioned in passing that I happened to be planning to give a speech at a university in Moscow,” Page told CNN. “Completely unrelated to my limited volunteer role with the campaign and as I’ve done dozens of times throughout my life. “
“Understandably, it was as irrelevant then as it is now. If it weren’t for the dodgy dossier and all the chaos that those complete lies had created, my passing comment’s complete lack of relevance should go without saying,” he continued.
A source told CNN that Page told Sessions about the trip at a dinner in June 2016 that was attended by several members of Trump’s national security team.
In testimony before the Senate in June, Sessions said he did not “recall” any meetings between campaign associates and Russian officials. He then added, “There might be some published accounts of Mr. Page communicating with Russians, I don’t know.”
“I did not [have contact with Russians] and I’m not aware of anyone else that did, and I don’t believe it happened,” Sessions said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last month.