Carter Page admitted to meeting Kremlin officials when he was a foreign policy adviser to President Trump's campaign, despite initial denials he had no contact with senior Russian officials at that time, according to a transcript of Page's testimony to the House Intelligence Committee released Monday night.
Page also told the committee that he learned in the summer of 2016 that Papadopoulos was in contact with a professor connected to the Russian government.
Page also told committee members that he told Jeff Sessions, who was then a US senator and is now attorney general, and Sam Clovis, then the national co-chairman of Trump's campaign, that he was traveling to Moscow to make a speech at the New Economic School.
The lead Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Congressman Adam Schiff, said Page's public remarks prior to his appearance before the panel that his trip to Moscow was as a private citizen were undercut by his congressional testimony.
A US intelligence source claimed in September 2016 that Page met with Sechin, who raised the issue of lifting those sanctions after the election.
Perhaps most important, Schiff said, Page "detailed his meetings with Russian government officials and others, and said that they provided him with insights and outreach that he was interested in sharing with the campaign". Clovis's decision came just days after court filings indicated that he may have encouraged President Trump's campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos to set up meetings with Russians for the Trump campaign.
During his confirmation hearing earlier this year, Sessions, a former Republican senator from Alabama, denied ever having contact with Russians during the campaign.
The House panel's top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, cited a memo Page sent campaign officials that quoted Page as writing "in a private conversation, Dvorkovich expressed strong support for Mr. Trump and a desire to work together toward devising better solutions in response to the vast range of current global problems".
"I'm working on my lawsuit tonight that will get to the bottom of the real interference in the 2016 election, by the [United States government]".
"I said: I'm glad to have the opportunity to meet you".
He told the committee that he informed then-Sen.
A spokeswoman for Sessions declined to comment; Clovis' attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday night.
The Trump campaign was reaching out to Russian Federation and trying to collude.
That didn't stop him from traveling to Russian Federation again in December 2016.
Page sent the email describing his interaction with Dvorkovich in Moscow to campaign aide J.D. Gordon, as well as a different campaign aide.
Lewandowski, Page said, approved of the trip, as long as he was going by himself and not affiliated with the campaign. Revelations from former campaign adviser Carter page and several hundred pages oftestimony.
For more than a year, questions have swirled about a trip Page made to Moscow in July 2016 during which he delivered a commencement speech at the New Economic School, a Moscow university.
Later, it emerged that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had obtained a secret court order to monitor Page's communications during the summer of 2016. When reporters began asking around past year about his Moscow trip, campaign officials stressed he had no formal role in the campaign.
A former British intelligent agent, working on behalf of Democrats, alleged in a dossier compiled before the election and published in January that Page had met with both men.
The disclosure that might be most problematic for Trump as the Russian Federation investigation moves along is Page's admission that he had told then-Sen. He said he discussed "foreign policy things" with the ambassador and that he had some "general" discussions of U.S. -Russia relations with she and other Hungarian officials - though he could recall few specifics.