Carter Page Told Jeff Sessions 'in Passing' About Russia Trip

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Also on Thursday, former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page told Congress in a six-hour, closed-door testimony that he told Sessions he was traveling to Russian Federation during the presidential campaign, according to an account he gave to CNN. The email was read aloud during Page's closed-door testimony to the House intelligence committee, the newspaper reported.

Page reportedly told House committee members that had mentioned the trip to Sessions, who denied having any knowledge of Trump campaign Russian Federation ties in his Senate confirmation hearing in January.

Page's testimony was one of the more highly anticipated events in the congressional Russia investigations, given the scrutiny he's faced because of his connections to Russia and his visible role pushing back about his Russia ties in nationally televised interviews.

It concerned various Russian contacts, including Joseph Mifsud, a London academic who allegedly spent months trying to connect Papadopoulos with official in Moscow, according to news reports.

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Sessions has been dogged over his testimony before Congress about interactions with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Sessions, now attorney general, has testified to Congress that he didn't know about of any people on the Trump campaign having contacts with Russians.

Page also acknowledged Friday that he was copied on an email from campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos suggesting that Republican candidate Donald Trump meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I know because I was going ask him all about it to get more facts on the record and before the American people".

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CNN reported Wednesday that Trump did not dismiss the idea of arranging a meeting with Russia's president when it was suggested in a meeting with his campaign foreign policy advisers a year ago. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. "There were questions that elicited exactly the kind of information that the Papadopoulos plea agreement made".

"I would think that Carter page aspect of this is... troubling", Wallace said. Among those receiving the email, it has since been reported, was Sam Clovis, who told Papadopoulos: "Great work".

Senator Al Franken, whose exchange with Sessions in January has prompted a continuing dispute, said in a letter to Sessions on Thursday that the Papadopoulos revelations are "another example in an alarming pattern in which you, the nation's top law enforcement officer, apparently failed to tell the truth, under oath, about the Trump team's contacts with agents of Russian Federation".

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