Earlier today, former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page — one of the key figures in the Russia probe — testified under oath at a House Intelligence Committee closed-door hearing. And, according to CNN, Page dropped a bombshell — he said that he told current Attorney General Jeff Sessions he was making a trip to Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
CNN’s Manu Raju stated that during Page’s testimony, the former campaign advisor explained that he informed Sessions in June 2016 that he planned to make a trip to Moscow the following month.
“He claimed it was not related to the campaign,” Raju told anchor Erin Burnett. “It was a speech he was planning to deliver in Russia. He told Jeff Sessions this during a private dinner that they had with Trump.”
As Raju noted in his report, this is significant because Sessions said during a Senate confirmation hearing earlier this year that he had not recall having any discussion with anyone about Russia during the Trump campaign. Following that hearing, it was revealed that Sessions met with the then-Russian ambassador during the election, leading him to amend his testimony. Sessions later recused himself from the Russia investigation.
Page’s remarks to Congress come on the heels of revelations that Sessions nixed a proposal by Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos to arrange a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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