One of the members of the Trump campaign to come under scrutiny of the Russian Federation election interference investigation, volunteer Carter Page, testified to a House committee that he sought permission from senior campaign officials for a July 2016 trip to Moscow, NBC News reported.
Page says he had no personal information about Russian election interference.
After first asserting that he didn't meet with senior Russian officials during the trip, he later acknowledged that he spoke with deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich.
In his July 2016 note, Page wrote that Dvorkovich had "expressed strong support for Mr. Trump and a desire to work together toward devising better solutions in response to a vast range of current worldwide problems".
Sessions' discussion with Page will fuel further scrutiny about what the attorney general knew about connections between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation - and communications about Russian Federation that he did not disclose despite a persistent line of questioning in three separate hearings this year. Page said he did not recall the email until a reporter from The Washington Post told him about it in August of this year. Page told the committee that he had not worked with the Russians to hack emails or otherwise influence the election.
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.
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.
The transcript shows Page, a Navy veteran who worked for a time in Moscow as an energy consultant, was at times combative and evasive in response to committee questions.More news: Donna Brazile Says She Faced Sexism From Top Hillary Clinton Aides
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"They're focused on criminal investigations, we're focused on armchair quarterbacking - making sure every witness has been seen, every fact has been checked - and we're going through the policy aspects", Lankford said.
As has previously been reported, Page told lawmakers he separately informed then-Sen.
Papadopoulos also told his superiors on the campaign that he was being offered "dirt" on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and "off the record" meetings with Russian leaders - which, according to court documents, he was encouraged to pursue.
A spokeswoman for Sessions declined to comment; Clovis' attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday night. Sessions has recused himself from Russian matters as head of the Justice Department because he was a top policy adviser during the Trump campaign.
He said he was unaware at the time that Papadopoulos was making similar proposals for Trump to travel to Russian Federation, though he acknowledged he had received some of Papadopoulos' emails about Russian Federation. Sessions shot the proposal down and said "no one should talk about it", claimed J.D. Gordon, a former Trump campaign adviser who said he was present during the meeting.
But Sessions shot the idea down, Gordon said. Papadopoulos and Page both served as members of candidate Donald Trump's foreign policy committee.
According to a from the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling, 79 percent of people who voted for President Trump say he should remain even if collusion is proven, and 75 percent said the entire Russian Federation story is "fake news".