Carter Page testifies he told Sessions about Russian Federation trip

  • Carter Page testifies he told Sessions about Russian Federation trip

Carter Page testifies he told Sessions about Russian Federation trip

Asked who else was informed, Page played coy, saying, "It will come out".

During a hearing last month, Franken pressed Sessions to clarify the testimony during his initial confirmation process.

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 March 24, 2016 email in question was highlighted in the plea agreement Papadopoulos entered into after lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about the extent of his contacts with individuals like Joseph Mifsud, a London-based professor of diplomacy who allegedly spent months trying to connect Papadopoulos with Russian officials.

Sessions appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee again in October. Sessions' failure to disclose those meetings ultimately led to his recusal from the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation, and functioned as one of the many missteps that triggered the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller. "He may have been at future Trump events that Sessions attended - including a dinner at the Capitol Hill Club with some members of the foreign policy committee over the summer - but Sessions doesn't recall any further interactions with him, including any phone calls or emails".

Sessions later recused himself from all matters related to the campaign, citing his support for the President's successful bid. Democrats on the committee, including Franken, are now arguing that statement may have been false, too.

"Sen. Franken, I'm not aware of any of those activities", Sessions told Franken. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. "There were questions that elicited exactly the kind of information that the Papadopoulos plea agreement made".

Shortly after the trip, Mr. Page sent an email to at least one Trump campaign aide describing insights he had after conversations with government officials, legislators and business executives during his time in Moscow, according to one person familiar with the contents of the message. Instead, he is suggesting that the attorney general be allowed to submit updated written testimony, they said. However, news reports from March revealed that Sessions had met twice with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the lead up to the 2016 USA presidential election. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a member of the panel.