Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, told the House Intelligence Committee he met with Russian government officials during his trip to Moscow in June 2016, according to a report Friday evening.
Page told at least one other Trump campaign aide in an email, which was read during the private testimony, about his discussions with government officials, legislators, and business executives in Russia, a source told the New York Times.
Page previously denied to the New York Times that he met with any Russian officials during the trip and earlier in the day Friday said that his trip was “totally unrelated to the campaign.”
However, Page confirmed the meetings with the Times, but said the interactions were “brief.”
“I had a very brief 'Hello' to a couple of people. That was it,” he said. He acknowledged one of the contacts was a “senior person,” but did not provide an identity. Page also told CNN on Friday that he met Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich for a "casual hello" during the trip because they both were speaking at the same event.
Carter Page confirms to me he met Russian Dep PM Arkady Dvorkovich in Moscow in 2016, describes as “casual hello” as theyspoke at same event— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) November 4, 2017
Page said Friday he told several people about his trip to Moscow, including then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. He would not confirm who else he told, but said it would be revealed because “things keep leaking.”
Page is of particular interest to various investigations by House and Senate panels and special counsel Robert Mueller as they seek to determine if the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election. Page’s trip to Moscow in July 2016 and previous contacts with Russians in particular are under scrutiny.
Page met privately with the House Intelligence Committee for approximately eight hours on Thursday. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, has been leading the House committee’s Russia investigation and said Page responded to all questions, however, he indicated that Page has not completely complied with the committee’s subpoena for documents.
Page explained on CNN that he did not provide all the requested documents because of his concern with leaks.
George Papadopoulos, another former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, pleaded guilty last month to misleading FBI agents concerning his contacts with Russians during a January interview.