Carter Page testifies he told Sessions about Russian Federation trip

Wednesday, 08 Nov, 2017

The panel reached an agreement with Page to release the transcript of his interview to the public, and the committee posted the transcript online late Monday.

Page, who said he never met or spoke with Trump, said that he did have contact with Russian government officials during a July 2016 trip in Moscow.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify before the House Judiciary Committee about issues facing the Justice Department on November 14, the committee confirmed on Tuesday.

On Oct. 18, Sessions testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that he was not aware of anyone in the Trump campaign that had communications with the Russians.

"I'm not going to say whether it was a lie or not", Feinstein said. Al Franken, D-Minn. Clovis last week withdrew from consideration for a senior job at the Department of Agriculture. Page said he had mentioned his upcoming trip to Sessions, who at the time was a senior policy adviser to the Trump campaign. Page also tells the panel he had informed some members of the Trump campaign about the trip and he had planned to share information with them about what he had learned. And it's very - you know, the way I explain this to people is it's very similar to then-candidate Barack Obama's speech in Germany. He had to recuse himself from investigations into the alleged Russian interference after it was revealed in March that he met with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak at least twice in 2016.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to making false statements and "material omissions" to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about numerous communications he had with allies of the Russian government, according to a criminal statement unsealed last week.

The Democrats charge Sessions was inconsistent with details on the campaign's relationship with Russian Federation, saying he's contradicted his own sworn testimony several times, and want more details about the Papadopoulos statement.

Page called the encounter "just a brief greeting".

But Page, who declined to have an attorney present during the testimony to the House committee, said his trips to Russian Federation were "benign" and blasted the congressional investigations as a waste of time and money.

He has for months said the trip was made as a private citizen, not as part of his role with the Trump campaign. A photo showed Sessions also attended that campaign meeting, and a source told CNN that at the meeting, Sessions vetoed the proposed Trump-Putin sit-down.

"He sends a memo saying that in a private conversation basically that I had with the deputy prime minister and others in the presidential administration and member of the Duma, I gained important insights and outreach that I want to share with the campaign", Schiff said, "completely at odds with what he had been saying publicly". Sessions reportedly "shut down" Papadopoulos and asserted that the topic should not be discussed again.

Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, hasn't yet asked Sessions to return to testify.

Schiff said the committee looks forward to Page's "continued cooperation" with its investigation.